Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Homer & his Readers - Latin LATIN4026

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

Short Description

This course explores a range of Latin texts that illustrate the response to Homer in Roman literature. This course is part of a Subject-wide reform of the curriculum for Latin and Greek degrees, based on integrating the study of language with the study of the classical history and culture and aimed at a closer integration of the Classics and Latin/Greek programmes.


25x1hr seminars per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. 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.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Exam (2-hour duration) - 30%

Oral Presentation commentary on a selected passage (15 minutes) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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 aims to:

■ Provide the opportunity for students to gain familiarity with Homer Epic and its legacy

■ Explore the main currents of Homeric reception in antiquity, with a particular focus on the Roman world

■ Develop skills in critical reading and translation of selected Latin texts

■ Develop students' skill in independent research in this area

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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

■ Display critic acumen in discussing and translating Latin texts, with a particular focus on how they respond to the Homeric tradition

■ Comment confidently upon passages taken from the selected texts and demonstrate an understanding of their thematic significance, as well as of their linguistic features

■ Carry out research with due regard to recent scholarship, and demonstrating a close engagement with Latin 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.