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By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major myths of the Metamorphoses, and the ways in which Ovid adapts already-existing epic and mythic traditions.
- Evaluate the significance of these myths within the political and cultural atmosphere of Rome in the age of Augustus.
- Research and analyse examples of ways in which these same myths are re-presented in post-classical literature and art.
- Explore the role of myth as a 'socially useful story' which comments on and attempts to explain features of the society within which it is told.
- Debate key questions about the text in tutorials, and modify their judgement based on the arguments advanced by their peers and the secondary literature.
- Recognise the processes of effective story-telling
- Analyse the literary techniques by which Ovid narrates effectively.
- Evaluate the success or otherwise of Ovid's appropriation of material from his epic predecessors.
Lectures will cover four cycles of myth in the poem: stories of creation and the gods (Met 1-2, Met 6); stories of Thebes (Met 3-4); stories of the Trojan War (Met 12-14); stories from Roman mythology (Met 15). Tutorials will explore the reception of these stories in post-classical literature, art and other media.
|Student Effort Type
|Specified Learning Activities
|Autonomous Student Learning
Not applicable to this module.
|% of Final Grade
Not yet recorded.
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Students will discuss potential projects in tutorials and may apply the results of this discussion to their final essay. One tutorial class will also be devoted to preparation for the final examination.