Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Greek Tragedy (Linguistic Pathway) GREEK5010

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides the opportunity to study a number of Greek tragedies in the original language, paying close attention to formal, linguistic, literary, dramaturgical and historical issues.


This is a PG (T) course, taught over one semester. Teaching will be by weekly seminar if enrolment is five or more, or by weekly supervision and guided reading if enrolment is fewer than five

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who have Greek to Honours level or equivalent, or at the discretion of the MLitt (T) convener

Excluded Courses

Greek Tragedy JXNS


One 3000 word essay (50%) and one 1.5 hour examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to
* study a selection of Greek Tragedy from the three canonical tragedians
* study a range of theories of poetry, literature and culture in the Western tradition
* engage in the interpretation of texts through different critical strategies
* explore the scope and limitations of theory in literary criticism
* develop a distinctive and personal critical position in relation to Greek Tragedy

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course you should be able to:
* identify the formal characteristics of Greek Tragedy
* relate the texts to their social, political and cultural contexts
* recognise the principal themes in the set texts
* explain the theoretical foundations of modern critical approaches
* assess your own critical approach to Greek texts
* use critical techniques derived from different theoretical traditions, ancient and modern
* evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of interpretations derived from different theoretical approaches
* demonstrate such essay, seminar and exam skills as the department has stipulated in the
Classics Handbook

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits