Lyric poems and their performance in ancient Greece (PG) CLASSIC5084

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Through a reading of the major surviving pieces of Greek lyric poetry in translation, this course investigates the themes, techniques and the social context of the genre. It offers students a new perspective from which to study lyric poems by focussing on the relationship between poets, texts and audiences.


Two sessions per week as scheduled on MyCampus. 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

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

Lyric poems and their performance in ancient Greece (Honours)




Essay (3,000 words) - 70%

Worksheet (1,500 words) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the Greek lyric poetry of the archaic and early classical periods from synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

■ Provides the opportunity to study a wide range of poetical forms and explore their relationship with various performance contexts.

■ Gain insight into the textual transmission of Greek lyric pieces and the ways in which it has shaped modern perceptions of lyric poetry. The course also aims to critically discuss different theoretical approaches to Greek poetry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ produce sustained arguments in written and oral form on a variety of lyric poems from archaic and classical Greece

■ display critical skills through close reading of lyric poems and fragments

■ differentiate lyric genres (melic, iambic, elegiac) and identify their formal characteristics

■ locate lyric pieces in their social, political and cultural contexts

■ evaluate modern theories about lyric poetry and its performance

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.