Current Trends in Ancient Literature and Culture - CLAS8001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Dunstan Lowe checkmark-circle


This module takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to modern interpretations of ancient literature and culture. It will train students to master the analysis of ancient texts. After developing a rich and detailed view of a key theme in classical studies (e.g. inebriation, performance, madness, divine signs, torture, 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. No knowledge of an ancient language is required, although a basic understanding of ancient Greek and/or Latin, would be helpful.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 20
Private Study: 280
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Commentary/Review (2,000 words) – 20%
Research Paper (3,500 words) – 80%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (5,000 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding, through clear expression, of selected ancient texts, key themes they address, and their significance to ancient audiences in their various historical contexts. The selection of texts is likely to change from one year to the next, and may include Greek and Roman literature (e.g. drama, poetry) history, philosophy;
2. Demonstrate developed skills in exegesis, critical analysis, and assessment of a selection of texts and artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome;
3. Show command of a range of techniques and research methods, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, and the varieties of historical method;
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. Critically evaluate academic material discussed in a classroom setting;
2. Evaluate their own academic performance and develop an ability to learn independently to ensure ongoing professional development;
3. Communicate clearly and effectively with peers using a variety of means;
4. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and work effectively to set deadlines.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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