Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Greek and Roman Epic and Drama
Academic Year
Semester 1
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 40 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 20 x 1 Hour Seminars


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 Assessment 2 Hours   Re-sit missing or failed essay (1600-2000 words)  Re-sit examination  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit missed of failed essay paper  50%

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.


This module is at CQFW Level 4