LAT30020 Ovid and Lucan: Successors to Virgil

Academic Year 2023/2024

On this module we will read Ovid, Metamorphoses book 13. We will examine Ovid's poetic style of each author, and the directions in which he takes epic poetry after Virgil's Aeneid. Students will also be introduced to basic theories of intertextuality, and their application to the Latin epic tradition. They will also be expected to read selections from Lucan's Bellum Civile in order to expand their knowledge of Latin authors and styles.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:- Translate the set texts with fluency and a full awareness of nuance and style- Recognise the main features of Ovid's and Lucan's style- Recall in detail major events of the Trojan War, as narrated in Homer and other archaic sources such as the Epic Cycle, and significant events of the immediate aftermath, in particular the plot of Euripides' Hecuba- Identify allusions to these tales in the poetry of Ovid- Evaluate the significance of allusions to these tales in the poetry of Ovid

Indicative Module Content:

This module is language intensive, focused on Latin-to-English translation of unadapted passages of Ovid, with some additional reading from Lucan that should be pursued privately. Students should expect to read c.700 lines of Latin on this module.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Class time will be devoted to translation of the primary text, with some discussion of points of historical and literary interest along the way. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2000 word essay. Students taking the module as part of a research degree programme may be offered an alternative to this assignment by agreement with the module co-ordinator. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: 1 hour translation and commentary questions Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: 1 hour translation and commentary questions Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will sit two mid-semester examinations, relating to the passages of text they have translated and discussed in classes in previous weeks. Feedback will be delivered in a follow-up class, in which they will review and discuss their answers

N.Hopkinson (ed.) Ovid Metamorphoses Book XIII. Cambridge 2000 (the so-called ‘green and yellow’ series). This is the assigned text, and should be available in the campus bookshop.

W.S.Anderson “Form Changed: Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” In A.J.Boyle (ed.) Roman Epic. 108-124. London 1993.
M.Davies The Epic Cycle. Bristol 1989.
O.S.Due Changing Forms: Studies in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. Copenhagen 1974.
J.Farrell “Dialogue of genres in Ovid’s ‘Lovesong of Polyphemus.’” AJPh 113 (1992) 235-268.
G.K.Galinsky Ovid’s Metamorphoses: An Introduction to the Basic Aspects. Berkeley and Los Angeles 1975.
P.R.Hardie (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ovid. Cambridge 2002.
S.E.Hinds Allusion and Intertext. Cambridge 1998. See esp. ch.4.
S.Mack Ovid. New Haven 1988.
B.Otis Ovid as an Epic Poet. Cambridge 1966 (2nd ed. 1970)
J.B.Solodow The World of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Chapel Hill 1988.
W.B.Stanford The Ulysses Theme. Oxford 1967. See esp. chs. 10 & 11.
Name Role
Mr George Prekas Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50