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Semester 1

Tragedy (CLTR10003)


Classical Literature in Translation





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Visiting students must have completed 3 Classics courses at grade B or above (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature), including an equivalent to Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008). We will only consider University/College level courses. **Please see Additional Restrictions below**

Course Summary

This course offers an introduction to ancient Greek Tragedy via reading in translation. Students will read a number of Greek tragedies and examine them according to major contemporary interpretative trends.

Course Description

The tragedies read may vary from year to year. The following syllabus is only meant as an illustration of the type of material to be read. Week 1: a) Introduction. The dramatic festivals; Basics of Stage conventions. b) Poetics 1: Readings: Aristotle, Poetics (pp. 3-30). Week 2: a) Poetics 2 b) Modern critical approaches. Week 3: a) Aeschylus Agamemnon 1 b) Agamemnon 2. Week 4: Aeschylus a) The Libation bearers b) The Furies. Week 5: a) Oresteia, conclusion b) Excursus: Athens 458-400 B.C. Week 6: a) Intro to Sophocles; Aias 1 b); Aias 2. Week 7: a) Oedipus the King 1 b) Oedipus the King 2. Week 8: a) Poetics 3: b) intro to Euripides. Week 9: a) Medea 1 b) Medea 2. Week 10: a) Electra 1 b) Electra 2. Week 11: a) Helen 1 b) Helen 2

Assessment Information

Written Exam 70%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 30%

Additional Restrictions

Unless you are nominated on a Classics or HCA exchange agreement, visiting students are only permitted to enrol in two 3rd year Classics courses each, per semester, before the start of the relevant semester’s welcome period – and spaces on each course are limited so cannot be guaranteed for any student. Enrolment in a third course from this group will depend on whether there are still spaces available in the September Welcome Period, and cannot be guaranteed. It is NOT appropriate for students to contact staff within this subject area to ask for an exception to be made; all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. This is due to the extremely limited number of spaces available in this very popular subject area.

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