Advanced Topics in Classical Studies - CLAS7360

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to modern interpretations of ancient literature, culture and art. After first developing a rich and detailed view of a key theme in classical studies (e.g. inebriation, madness, divine signs, humour, emotion, ugliness, the senses), the module will then explore how its central theme is addressed both in the ancient world and in twenty-first century debates.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Close Analysis Assignment 1 (500 words) – 15%
• Close Analysis Assignment 2 (500 words) – 15%
• Seminar Participation (in line with participation criteria) – 20%
• Final Project (2,500 words) – 50%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

This reading list will change depending on the subject taught, but would include primary texts, as this indicative list demonstrates.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. 2009. (Tr.) L. Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Euripides, Bacchae. 1998. (Tr.) P. Woodruff. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing.
Herodotus, Histories. 2008. (Tr.) C. Dewald. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Osborne, R. Archaic and Classical Greek Art. 1998. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Plato, Symposium. 1989. (Tr.) P. Woodruff. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing.
Xenophon, Symposium. 2013. (Tr.) E.C. Marchant. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Show systematic critical understanding, through clear expression, of selected authors and topics in classical studies;
2 Demonstrate developed skills in exegesis, critical analysis, and assessment of a selection of texts and artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome;
3 Show systematic understanding of the interpretations of and the relationships between, topics covered in classes. These topics are likely to change from one year to the next, but may include Greek and Roman drama, history, philosophy, art and their reception;
4 Manage their learning through the use of primary sources and current research in classical & archaeological studies.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Evaluate critically material discussed in class;
2 Apply their knowledge of methods of inquiry to new areas of knowledge;
3 Communicate clearly and logically using a variety of methods.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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