Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 X 1 hour weekly lectures
Seminars / Tutorials Weekly one hour seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: One x 1600-2000 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge of The Odyssey and The Aeneid;

2. use examples from the set plays to demonstrate a knowledge of important themes and topics in Greek and Roman Drama;

3. write about a range of set books in an informed and well-argued manner;

4. demonstrate an ability to use and engage with a range of relevant information sources.

Brief description

This module provides a valuable supplement to the literature modules offered within the English Department and to anyone with an interest in classical drama. The course includes Greek Tragedy, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender within society and the predicament of the heroic figure, together with the comedies of Menander and of the Roman dramatist Plautus. The 'epic' element comprises the study of Homer, Virgil and Ovid.

A previous knowledge of the Classics is not required.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Euripedes The Trojan Women and Other Plays Oxford World's Classics Primo search Homer (trans. R. Lattimore) The Odyssey HarperCollins Primo search Menander (ed. Norma Miller) Plays and Fragments Penguin Classics Primo search Sophocles (ed. David Grene & Richard Lattimore) The Complete Greek Tragedies: Sophocles II University of Chicago Press Primo search Virgil (trans. D. West) The Aeneid Penguin Classics Primo search
Supplementary Text
Ovid The Metamorphoses (selections) supplied in photocopy Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4