• Class Number 3112
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Christopher Bishop
    • Christopher Bishop
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

Students continue their study of Latin literature, culture, history and language through the close study of a single author, a genre, or a theme. The special topic for each course (one per semester) will be announced in the previous year. The class will read the prescribed text in class. Topics for discussion will emerge from the reading. There will be further tuition in and revision of the grammar and syntax of Latin.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Read significant passages of the ancient text(s) studied with the aid of a dictionary and a commentary.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of specific grammatical concepts and core vocabulary relevant to the text(s).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the author(s)' literary style, compositional approach and/or rhetorical effects.
  4. Discuss the literary, historical and cultural contexts of the text(s) studied.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductions and expectations, strategies for research, the poem (authorship, date, survival) Class reading: The Georgics (Book I) Class reading and discussion
2 Class reading: The Georgics (Book I) Seminar: A Golden Age of Saturn Class reading and discussion
3 Class reading: The Georgics (Book I) Seminar: Hesiod’s Works and Days Class reading and discussion
4 Class reading: The Georgics (Book II) Seminar: The Epicureanism of Lucretius Class reading and discussion
5 Class reading: The Georgics (Book II) Seminar: Varro’s De re rustica Class reading and discussion
6 Class reading: The Georgics (Book II) Class reading and discussion Mid-semester Test
7 Class reading: The Georgics (Book III) Seminar: Poetry for an Age of War Class reading and discussion
8 Class reading: The Georgics (Book III) Seminar: Vergil, Caesar and Maecenas — the Politics of Poetry Class reading and discussion
9 Class reading: The Georgics (Book III) Seminar: Vergil and the Jews Class reading and discussion
10 Class reading: The Georgics (Book IV) Seminar: Laudes Galli (the Praises of Gallus) Class reading and discussion
11 Class reading: The Georgics (Book IV) Seminar: Vergil’s Green and Pleasant Land — the Georgics and the (British) Augustans Class reading and discussion
12 Class reading: The Georgics (Book IV) Seminar: The Strange Afterlives of Vergil’s Georgics — Eugenios Voulgaris, C. Day Lewis, Frédéric Boyer 2000-word essay due 4pm, Monday 17 May (2021) Class reading and discussion

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Exercises 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay (2000 words) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-semester Test 15 % 1, 2, 4
Final Examination (3 hours) 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The final assessment for the course will be a three-hour examination, during the examination period. Any work covered during the semester is eligible to be included in the examination. No reference materials are permitted. A more detailed account of the format of the examination paper will be given by week 12.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Teaching for LATN3125 take the form of language-based classes and weekly seminars. These classes are the perfect venue to discuss your ideas, clarify your thoughts and resolve any unanswered questions. If you have questions to ask of your teacher, please ask them in class.

You are expected to spend at least three or four hours preparing for each class, so read and re-read the texts before class and contextualise your practice with a wide read of secondary sources. Remember, constant reading and deep research are the keys to understanding and appreciating Classical literature, culture and history.

You can expect to be called upon in class to read aloud from the text, and you can expect to be asked questions that will allow you to demonstrate both your comprehension of the text itself (including its themes), and your deeper understanding of the author’s use of characterisation and style. You will also be expected to present your opinions in class. Part of your assessment is based on your level of participation in readings and in discussion.

Deep Dives: 10% of your overall assessment for LATN3125 will come from a “deep dive”. Students are expected to do research for every class and will often be asked to clarify minor points, but some facets of the things we study require more information and need to be shared in a more formal setting — this is a deep dive.

Starting in week one, students will choose a deep dive topic linked to the weekly seminar (see the course schedule above), for which they will then research and prepare a presentation. These presentations are expected to last for 30 minutes (15–20 minutes of student presentation, followed by 10–15 minutes of question-time). You should include audio-visual material with your presentation. Alternatively, you can opt for a performance-based deep dive.

Performances should be sophisticated live or recorded interpretations of our text. Live performances should last for at least 5 minutes, recorded performances should last for at least 10 minutes. Students can also work together to produce more complex performances.    

Date Due: Continuous (deep dives as per schedule)

Results: results of deep dives will be posted on Wattle within 48 hours of presentation

Value: 20% overall (10% for your Deep Dive, and 10% for continuous participation assessment)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Essay (2000 words)

An essay of approximately 2,000 words (this word length excludes long quotations, footnotes and bibliography) is to be completed on one of the following four questions (only):

1.    Did Vergil use his Georgics to advance a political and/or philosophical agenda?

2.    What are the major themes of Vergil’s Georgics and in what ways are they elucidated?

3.    In what ways did Vergil use poetic style to emphasize the message of the Georgics?

4.    How does contextualising Vergil’s Georgics within the era of their publication help us to understand their meaning?

You will be assessed on the degree to which you have based your work on ancient sources, the skill with which you handle those ancient sources and critically examine modern arguments, your ability to engage with the topic yourself rather than relying solely on the judgments of others, your ability to write clearly and concisely, and your thoroughness in citing sources (both ancient and modern). A guide for writing this essay, together with the assessment rubric and bibliographical advice is given at the end of this course guide.

Date Due: Via Turnitin, 16:00 (4pm) Monday 24 May 2021 (week 12)

Word Limit: 2000 words (not including large quotations or footnotes — 10% leeway granted)

Results: posted on Wattle by 17:00 (5pm) Friday 4 June 2021

Value: 25%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Mid-semester Test

A mid-semester test will be conducted in-class on Thursday of week 6. The test should take less than 45 minutes to complete, but the entire class-time will be allocated. Further instruction on this test will be given in class.

Date Due: In class on Wednesday 31 March 2021 (week 6)

Time Limit: 45 minutes

Results: finalised by end of week 7 

Value: 15%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination (3 hours)

The final assessment for the course will be a three-hour examination, during the examination period. Any work covered during the semester is eligible to be included in the examination. No reference materials are permitted. A more detailed account of the format of the examination paper will be given by week 12.

Date Due: TBA

Time Limit: 3 hours, with no reading time

Results: posted on Wattle within 48 hours of class completion

Value: 40%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Christopher Bishop
6125 2901

Research Interests

Classical Greek And Roman History, Latin And Classical Greek Literature, Late Antiquity, Early Medieval History, Classical and Medieval Reception Studies, Medievalism, Comic Book Studies

Christopher Bishop

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