LAT30110 Republic to Empire: Poetry of the Civil Wars

Academic Year 2020/2021

In this module we will read a selection of Virgil's Eclogues in the original Latin. In addition, we will study the historical context of the period of the Civil Wars, explore pastoral poetry as a way of writing, and consider the place of this literary genre in Roman culture. Students will also be required to read a selection of Horace's Odes privately in order to expand their knowledge of Latin authors and styles. PLEASE NOTE that the School of Classics reserves the right to cancel modules up to and including the first week of the teaching semester.

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Indicative Module Content:

Students will read selections from Virgil's Eclogues and Horace's Odes in the Latin, and discuss key historical and literary themes in the context of key articles of scholarship.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
We will read and translate the Latin texts in class, and discuss relevant works of scholarship and the historical and political context of the period 41-27BC and its immediate aftermath. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAT20080 - Poetry of the Civil Wars

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: In-class test performed under closed book conditions Week 11 n/a Graded No


Class Test: In-class test performed under closed book conditions Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay on relevant political/literary themes from the translated works, with argument based on and making full use of the Latin text Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on class tests will be delivered individually to students

Name Role
Dr Helen Dixon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer