|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject will introduce students to ancient Greek and Roman culture. Through a study of ancient literary texts, art, and society, students will explore the mythic origins, heroic archetypes, gods and goddesses, monuments and societies of the Greeks and Romans. The subject will focus on the apex of classical Greek civilisation in the fifth century BC, and the end of the Roman Republic and beginning of the early Imperial period in the first centuries BCE and CE. The subject will cover topics such as the Homeric poems, Greek and Roman mythology, ancient theatre, literary and artistic culture, sexuality and gender roles, militarism and imperialism, and the fate of marginalised groups, such as women, slaves, freedmen, prostitutes, gladiators and stage performers. The subject will also consider the ways in which modern Western culture has inherited and appropriated aspects of ancient civilisation, claiming it as a model in fields ranging from epic film and architectural design to political structure and imperial aspiration.The subject is taught through a series of lectorials, workshops, and object or media-based seminars. In addition to these classes, there is approximately one hour per week of online lectures and discussion materials for students to work through in their own time.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of ancient Greek and Roman culture and the primary sources available for study of those cultures;
- identify and critically analyse the social structures and institutions of the Greek communities in the archaic and classical periods and Rome in the late republican and early imperial periods;
- identify and articulate the relationships between Greek and Roman cultural expressions (mythology, literature, drama and art) and the social, religious, and political contexts of their production;
- identify and critically engage with scholarship on classical mythology;
- demonstrate in their own academic practice an understanding of the the expectations of scholarship in the discipline of Ancient World Studies;
- communicate interpretations of Greek and Roman culture and cultural products effectively, both orally and in writing;
- approach all evidence about Greek and Roman culture and society with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman culture and society.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- 500 word primary source analysis, due in week 4 (10%);
- 2000 word research essay comprising a secondary source analysis due in week 6, and the complete essay due in week 9 (50%);
- 1500 word take-home examination due in the end of semester examination period (40%).
- Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
- All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject
Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Parshia Lee-Stecum Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Contact Hours: 24 hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture in weeks 1 and 12; 1 x 2 hour lectorial in weeks 2, 4, 5 8 and 11; 1 x 2 hour object-based learning seminar in weeks 3 and 10; 1 x 2 hour workshop in week 7; and 1 x 2 hour cinema class in weeks 6, 9 and 12. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
The Odyssey (Homer, Lattimore (trans)), Harper Perennia
Subject readings will be available online
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Specialisation (formal) Classical Studies and Archaeology Major Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major Major Ancient World Studies Specialisation (formal) Classical Studies and Archaeology Breadth track Roman Studies Breadth track Ancient Civilizations A Breadth track Ancient Civilizations B Breadth track Ancient Greece Studies
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.