- Class Number 2964
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Christopher Bishop
- Christopher Bishop
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
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:
- Read significant passages of the ancient text(s) studied with the aid of a dictionary and a commentary.
- Demonstrate knowledge of specific grammatical concepts and core vocabulary relevant to the text(s).
- Demonstrate an understanding of the author(s)' literary style, compositional approach and/or rhetorical effects.
- Discuss the literary, historical and cultural contexts of the text(s) studied.
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Tuesday: Introductions and expectations, strategies for research, Aeneid (authorship, date, survival), Book 6 (style, themes, characters) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 264–294: The Easy Road) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 264–294: The Easy Road)||Class reading and discussion|
|2||Tuesday: Latin grammar and composition exercises Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 295–336: By the River of Acheron) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 295–336: By the River of Acheron)||Class reading and discussion Composition Exercise 1 due 4pm, Friday 4 March|
|3||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 337–383: The Shade of Palinurus) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 337–383: The Shade of Palinurus) Thursday: Student-led Seminar — The Politics of Poetry||Class reading and discussion Deep Dive|
|4||Tuesday: Latin grammar and composition exercises Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 384–416: Charon) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 384–416: Charon)||Class reading and discussion Composition Exercise 2 due 4pm, Friday 18 March|
|5||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 417–439: Beyond the Acheron) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 417–439: Beyond the Acheron) Thursday: Student-led Seminar — The Politics of Vergil||Class reading and discussion Deep Dive|
|6||Tuesday: Latin grammar and composition exercises Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 440–476: Dido) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 440–476: Dido)||Class reading and discussion Composition Exercise 3 due 4pm, Friday 1 April Mid-semester Test due 4pm, Monday 28 March|
|7||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 679–702: Anchises) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 703–723: The Souls by Lethe) Thursday: Student-led Seminar — Death of the Poet||Class reading and discussion Deep Dive|
|8||Tuesday: Latin grammar and composition exercises Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 724–751: The Turning of the Wheel) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 724–751: The Turning of the Wheel)||Class reading and discussion Composition Exercise 4 due 4pm, Friday 29 April|
|9||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 752–776: The Kings of Alba) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 777–807: The Bloodline of Romulus) Thursday: Student-led Seminar — Other Voices in Aeneid||Class reading and discussion Deep Dive|
|10||Tuesday: Latin grammar and composition exercises Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 777–807: The Bloodline of Romulus) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 808–853: A New Republic)||Class reading and discussion Composition Exercise 5 due 4pm, Friday 13 May|
|11||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 808–853: A New Republic) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 808–853: A New Republic) Thursday: Student-led Seminar — Reception||Class reading and discussion Deep Dive|
|12||Tuesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 854–885: Marcellus) Wednesday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 854–885: Marcellus) Thursday: Aeneid (Bk 6, ll. 886–901: The Gates of Sleep)||Class reading and discussion 2000-word essay due 4pm, Monday 23 May|
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|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, 3, 4|
|Final Examination (3 hours)||40 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
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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
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Teaching for LATN3125 takes 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 around three to four hours preparing for each class, so read and re-read the texts before class and contextualise your practice with a wide range 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.
Composition Exercises: 10% of your overall assessment for LATN3125 will come from 5 exercises in Latin composition (worth 2% each). We will work together in class on some preliminary exercises in week 1, after which all assessable exercises will be completed online and then reviewed in class.
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.
Students will choose a deep dive topic linked to the seminars in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 (see the seminar schedule below), for which they will then research and prepare a group presentation. These presentations are expected to last for 50 minutes (20–40 minutes of student presentation, and 20–30 minutes of question-time). You should include audio-visual material with your presentation.
Date Due: Composition exercises will be due in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. Deep Dives will be due in week 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11.
Results: Results for the online composition exercises will be posted immediately upon closing. Results of the deep dives will be posted on Wattle within 48 hours of the presentation.
Value: 20% overall (10% for your Deep Dive, and 10% for the online composition exercises)
Assessment Task 2
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 three questions (only):
1. Did Vergil use book six of his Aeneid to advance a political and/or philosophical agenda?
2. What are the major themes of Aeneid 6 and in what ways are they elucidated?
3. In what ways did Vergil use poetic style to emphasise the message of the Aeneid?
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).
Date Due: Via Turnitin, 16:00 (4pm) Monday 23 May 2022 (week 12)
Word Limit: 2000 words (not including large quotations or footnotes — 10% leeway granted)
Results: posted on Wattle by 17:00 (5pm) Friday 3 June 2022
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
An online mid-semester test will go live at 8am on Friday 25 March and remain available until 4pm on Monday 28 March (2022). It will be a "free navigation" test so you can move backwards and forwards through the questions, but you cannot close the test and resume it. Once you begin this test you will have 45 minutes in which to complete it. At the end of those 45 minutes, all opened tests will be submitted automatically. At 4pm on Monday 28 March all tests (including incomplete and unattempted tests) will also be submitted automatically. Further instruction on this test will be given in class.
Date Due: the test will close at 4pm on Monday 28 March 2022 (week 6)
Time Limit: 45 minutes
Results: posted at 4pm on Monday 28 March 2022
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination (3 hours)
The Final Examination for the course will go live at 8am on Monday 6 June (2022) and remain available until 4pm on Friday 10 June (2022). It will be a "free navigation" test so you can move backwards and forwards through the questions, but you cannot close the test and resume it. Once you begin this test you will have 3 hours in which to complete it. At the end of those 3 hours, all opened tests will be submitted automatically. At 4pm on Friday 10 June all tests (including incomplete and unattempted tests) will also be submitted automatically. Further instruction on this test will be given in class.
Date Due: by 4pm on Friday 10 June 2022
Time Limit: 3 hours, with no reading time
Results: posted at 4pm on Friday 10 June 2022
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Classical Greek And Roman History, Latin And Classical Greek Literature, Late Antiquity, Early Medieval History, Classical and Medieval Reception Studies, Medievalism, Comic Book Studies