Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Epic GREEK4006

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

Short Description

This course studies selections from Greek epic in the original language


Two hours per week; This is one of the honours options in Greek and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus

Excluded Courses

Honours Greek Poerty (2000-01 and earlier)


One essay 30%, two hour examination 70%

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 provides the opportunity to:

become familiar with important examples of Greek epic;

study these works in depth, with particular attention to diction, style and subject-matter;

appreciate the contrasting aims and methods of the authors studied;

enhance your knowledge of Greek language, vocabulary and poetic style.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to: 1. translate fluently and accurately from the perscribed texts into clear and appriopriate English. 2. comment intelligently on notable matters of form, style and content (including metre), both in class and in examinations. 3. compose well-argued and coherent examination essays. 4. compose well-argued, properly referenced, well-researched, and coherent coursework essays. 5. make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference, critical studies, and modern translations.

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.