Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Lyric, Elegiac, And Iambic Poetry GREEK4012

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

Short Description

This course provides in-depth study in the original language of a range of early Greek poets.


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 Poetry (2000-01 and earlier)


One essay (30%) ; one 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

1. To familiarize students with important works of Greek lyric, elegiac, and iambic poetry. 2. To study these works in depth, with particular attention to diction, style and subject matter. 3. To impart an appreciation of the contrasting aims and methods of the authors studied. 4. To enhance knowledge of Greek language, vocabulary and poetic style. 5. To encourage students to interpret archaic Greek poetry in its social and historical context. 6. To improve students' skill in reading and appreciating ancient poetry. 7. To understand the processes by which ancient poetry has been preserved 8. To improve student awareness of the significance of traditions of scholarship in this area.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to: 1. translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate 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. made 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.