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On completion of this module students should be able to:
* translate the text with confidence and accuracy;
* evaluate modern interpretations of the text;
* answer questions on specific points in the text;
* construct a relevant and analytical essay on the text.
Aeschylus, Eumenides, ed. A.H. Sommerstein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).
The Loeb translation by Sommerstein is reliable, as is the translation by C. Collard in the Oxford World’s Classics series.
Recommended Secondary Literature
M. Lloyd (ed.), Oxford Readings in Aeschylus (Oxford, 2007), 20–29
E.R. Dodds, ‘Morals and politics in the Oresteia’, in The Ancient Concept of Progress (Oxford, 1973), 45–63. Reprinted in Oxford Readings in Aeschylus.
C.W. Macleod, ‘Politics and the Oresteia’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 102 (1982), 124–44. Reprinted in Collected Essays (Oxford, 1983), 20–40, and also in Oxford Readings in Aeschylus.
O.P. Taplin, The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (Oxford, 1977), ch. 8
R.P. Winnington-Ingram, Studies in Aeschylus (Cambridge, 1983)
A.J. Podlecki (ed.), Aeschylus: Eumenides (Warminster, 1989)
S.D. Goldhill, Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, 1986), chh. 1 & 2
Indicative Coursework Essay Titles
(a) ‘The questions are indeed answered and the conflicts resolved’ (Richard Seaford). Is this a fair assessment of Eumenides as a conclusion to the Oresteia?
(b) How far should Eumenides be seen as ‘a play for its day’ (Alan Sommerstein)?
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students taking this module should have at least one year's experience of reading unadapted Greek texts.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: 1,500-word essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment)||Week 11||n/a||Graded||No||
|Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment)||Week 5||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Students will receive detailed individual feedback on all their assignments.