Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Roman Epic LATIN4010

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

Short Description

An introduction to the genre of Roman epic, through study of a selection of texts in the original language, concentrating on the major works of Virgil and Lucan.


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


2,500 word essay (30%), 2-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

The aims of the course are to:

study in detail two books from the Roman epic tradition, comparing and contrasting the styles and approaches of the two texts, and setting these works in the context of the ancient genre of epic as a whole

enhance skills in translation and literary analysis of Latin poetry in the original language

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate English

make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference, and modern translations

select and comment intelligently on notable matters of form and content, including metre and style

present an argued case on critical issues both orally and in writing

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.