Greek And Roman Mime (Latin) LATIN5012

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course contextualises and offers a critical overview of the most important ancient mimographers, who wrote in Latin and whose extant corpus is substantial.


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 less than five

Requirements of Entry

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

Excluded Courses

Greek and Roman Mime JVWS

Greek and Roman Mime JVUS

Greek and Roman Mime JVQS


One 3,000-word essay (50%), 90 minute Examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to

- compare and contrast, from a literary perspective, the texts of Latin authors who wrote mimes (mainly Decimus Laberius and Publilius) or were influenced by them (among others, Horace, Propertius, Petronius, Apuleius)
- examine the language of the mimographers in relation to that of other dramatic and non-dramatic genres
- discuss the problems posed by the transmission of these texts
- situate the mime in the literary canon and examine the reasons for its (marginal) status
- look at the ways in which mime intercated with other genres of Roman literature (the novel, satire, elegy)

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- translate accurately passages from the set texts into idiomatic English
- demonstrate both in essays and in the context of an examination a thorough familiarity with the linguistic peculiarities of the mimographers you have studied during the course
- analyse both in essays and in the context of an examination the set texts from a theatrical point of view
- develop arguments orally and in written form about the social, cultural, and political context in which Roman mimic texts were performed
- discuss in a coherent and convincing manner, both orally and and in essay-writing or under examination conditions, the literary cross-fertilisation between mime and other Roman literary genres
- demonstrate such essay skills as the department has stipulated in the
Classics Handbook

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits