The Classical Tradition In Scotland CLASSIC4042

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An introduction to major aspects of the appropriation of ancient Greek and Roman culture in Scottish literature, art, architecture and education, from antiquity to the present day.


Two one-hour sessions per week over one term, including lectures, guest lectures (if possible), study trips within Glasgow, seminars (group presentations); This is one of the honours options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Classics, Greek or Latin, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.



Students will be required to write one coursework essay (up to 2,
500 words) 25% of the final mark; and one study project (1,500-2,000 words) on a particular instance of the Classical Tradition in Scotland, chosen by the student 25% of final mark.

Examination: one two-hour paper 50% of the final mark

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity:

to explore uses of the literature, art and thought of ancient Greece and Rome in Scotland (and in the work of Scottish writers, artists and scholars) across a variety of media from the first Roman invasions to the present day

to relate the treatment of ancient civilisations in Scottish culture to the prevailing social, literary, political, religious, aesthetic and educational conditions in which these receptions occurred

to consider whether Greek and Roman literature, art, architecture and philosophy, and subsequent responses to antique culture on the part of Scots and other residents of Scotland, have contributed to the formulation of a distinctive Scottish identity - and if so, how

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course you should be able to:

identify references to classical culture in literature, philosophical works, political treatises, works of scholarship, fine art and architecture produced by Scots and/or in Scotland from antiquity to the present day

comment pertinently and critically, both orally and in writing, on individual examples of the reception of Greek and/or Roman culture in Scottish literature and art over a range of historical periods

give an informed account of the contributions made by thinkers, writers, artists, scholars, architects and collectors born or resident in Scotland to the reception, understanding and propagation of antique culture in the periods in which they lived

analyse the ways in which engagements between Scottish culture and the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome may have been affected by the cultural contexts in which these interactions took place

recognise examples of the reception of classical antiquity in and around the University of Glasgow, and relate these instances to the wider context of appropriations of ancient culture in Scotland and in Europe more generally

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.