Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Homer And His Readers CLASSIC4024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course allows detailed study of the Iliad and Odyssey, and allows students to trace the resonance of those works through a range of ancient and modern literature.


20x1hr sessions over 10 weeks as scheduled in 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.

Excluded Courses



Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Examination (90 minute duration) - 60%

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:

■ Familiarise themselves with Homer (both Iliad and Odyssey)

■ Understand Homer's place as the founder of ancient epic

■ understand the main currents of Homeric reception in antiquity

■ understand the main currents in modern Homeric scholarship

■ study the influence of Homer in literary genres other than epic

■ Experience close reading and analysis of a range of ancient literature

■ formulate a research project and carry it out

■ develop skills in critical appreciation

■ reflect on their place in a tradition of Homeric reception

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply an in-depth knowledge of both Homeric poems

■ discuss the main currents in Homeric scholarship

■ understand the impact of Homer's poetry on the intellectual and literary culture of both Greece and Rome

■ understand the main trends in ancient literary history

■ apply the concepts of literary influence, intertextuality, and allusion

■ Carry out research with due regard to recent scholarship through a close engagement with selected ancient texts

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.