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Latin Satire (LATI10004)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Classics/Latin courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year Classics/Latin course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Classics/Latin department directly to request additional spaces. Students cannot take this course alongside Roman Satire CLTR10020, Latin 1A LATI08007, Latin 1B LATI08008, Latin 1A Ex-Beginners LATI08013, Latin 2A LATI08011, Latin 2A Ex-Beginners LATI08013 or Latin 2B LATI08012. Additional costs for course materials may be incurred in taking this course.

Course Summary

Satire is an entertaining, provocative, and powerful literary genre that the Romans claimed as their own invention. Horace (65 BC-AD 8), Persius (AD 34-62), Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC - AD 65), and Juvenal (ca. AD 60-130s) will be read in Latin with due consideration to genre, literary technique, and ideology. Themes of satire, and so of this course, include society, morality, class, politics, authority, freedom of speech, patronage, literature, food, sex, and obscenity.

Course Description

The satiric texts studied in this course will include selections (usually complete books) from Horace, Persius, Seneca (Apocolocyntosis) and Juvenal. The teaching programme is broadly divided into two phases: the first will introduce the satirists in chronological order, examining in each case what and when they wrote, and looking at what the satirists themselves say about their genre; the second part of the course will focus on a number of themes common to each of the satirists. Within this structure, through lectures and seminars, students will (i) focus on satiric language and style, convention and literary technique; (ii) practise literary-critical methodologies of use in the study of satire; (iii) combine close analysis of the texts with discussion of wider themes and contexts. The following eleven-week schedule (which may change according to the interests of the lecturer) will give an indication of the shape of the course in any given year: Week 1: Introduction: the origins of Roman Satire; approaches to satire ancient and modern. Week 2: Horace: text & context; programmatic satire. Week 3: Persius: text & context; programmatic satire. Week 4: Seneca: text & context; programmatic satire. Week 5: Juvenal: text & context; programmatic satire. Week 6: Satiric themes: class and patronage. Week 7: Satiric themes: gender and sexuality. Week 8: Satiric themes: town and country. Week 9: Satiric themes: philosophy and food. Week 10: Satiric themes: epic parody. Week 11: Conclusion and overview

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

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