• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History, Cultural Studies, Drama, English, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is designed to introduce students to the canon of Classical European literature with close-readings from the central texts translated into English. Lectures will survey the poetry, drama and novels of the ancient world in their historic, linguistic and cultural contexts, while tutorial work will analyse substantial readings from the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, the Oresteia, and the Metamorphoses of Apuleius. The course will conclude by considering the pivotal role this literature played in the European Renaissance.

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. demonstrate familiarity with the principal texts of the Classical canon (the Iliad, the Odyssey and the Aeneid);
  2. demonstrate familiarity with the primary forms of Classical literature (poetry, drama and novels);
  3. discuss critically and in a socio-historical context some of those texts and forms; and
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Classical literature in the formation of Western civilisation.

Indicative Assessment

Bibliographical exercise, 500 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Analytical exercise, 500 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Essay, 1500 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Essay, 2000 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Tutorial participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

M.C. Howatson, The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (OUP, 2011)

Preliminary Reading

T.A. Schmitz, Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts, An Introduction (Blackwell, 2007)

The Epic of Gilgamesh (Tr. Andrew George: Penguin, 2016)
Homer, The Iliad (Tr. Caroline Alexander: Harper Collins, 2015)
Homer, The Odyssey (Tr. Robert Fagles: Penguin, 1996)
Vergil, The Aeneid (Tr. Sarah Ruden: Yale University Press, 2009)
Aeschylus, The Oresteia (Tr. Robert Lowell: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1978)
Apuleius, The Golden Ass (Tr. Sarah Ruden: Yale University Press, 2013)
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (Tr. Mark Musa: Penguin, 2002)


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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