Ancient epic helped shape the European cultural imagination. These masterpieces treat issues of universal concern: life, death, love, war, fate, the supernatural, and journeys of experience. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are both entertainment and serious explorations of social values. Vergil's Aeneid recounts the foundations of Rome, and considers the individual's plight amid unstoppable historical and supernatural forces. Lucan's Civil War presents a disturbing vision of a world descending into chaos. This unit explores in detail these brilliant and influential poems.
2x1 hour lectures and 1x1 hour tutorial per week
1x1000 word tutorial paper (20%), 1x1500 word essay (30%), 1x2 hour exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History