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LAN305: The Eternal City – The Poetics and Politics of Space and Language from Paganism to Christianity

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hoursSee below
PrerequisitesNone
Offered inSee below
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Overview

In this unit students read texts which relate to the physical remains of the city of ancient Rome. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to: abundance in the Augustan poets and the construction projects of the reign of Augustus; Rome and the Emperors; evocation of place in Roman oratory; Christianity and the pagan monuments. The selection of topics is made by those teaching the unit. When the unit is taught in Rome, there will be field excursions to relevant sites as well as instruction in the classroom. Students will engage in close reading of ancient texts in Latin.

Delivery

The unit is based on field learning as it includes excursions to relevant sites of historical significance and is delivered in intensive mode over a three week period in Rome.

Campion’s Rome School runs every two years, subject to demand.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will have:
a) An understanding of how to translate syntactically complex texts from Latin, and the problems involved in the ‘translation’ of texts.
b) An understanding of the relation between language and culture, and between grammar and interpretation.
c) [WHEN TAUGHT IN ROME] An understanding of how to apply evidence from beyond the text, in order to interpret it successfully, and some understanding of the evidence pertaining to the texts being studied, especially the physical remains of ancient Rome.
c) [WHEN NOT TAUGHT IN ROME] An understanding of how to apply evidence from beyond the text, in order to interpret it successfully, and some understanding of the evidence pertaining to the texts being studied.
d) A basic understanding of the principles of Latin prosody and the ability to identify the effect of metre in some cases.
e) Effectively and confidently participate in group work and practical exercises in tutorials and to contribute with clarity and coherence.

Prerequisites

Students may enrol in LAN305 if they have knowledge of Latin at least at an intermediate level (e.g. LAN204).

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