Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Greek and Roman Epic and Drama
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials Weekly one hour seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   SEMESTER EXAM  50%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: One x 1600-2000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Re-sit Essay  Re-sit examination  100%

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 Department of English and Creative Writing 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
Meander Old Grouch Will be supplied to students electronically by the tutor Primo search
Essential Reading
Aristophanes Frogs Supplied electronically Primo search Euripedes The Trojan Women and Other Plays Oxford World's Classics Primo search Homer (trans. R. Lattimore) The Odyssey HarperCollins Primo search Ovid The Metamorphoses (selections) supplied in photocopy 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
Recommended Text
Menander (ed. Norma Miller) Plays and Fragments Penguin Classics Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4