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CLAS 3030 - Athens to Alexandria: Roman Antecedents

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to students undertaking a Classics Major only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 15 units of Classics Major courses
Assessment: Research essay (5000 words) 50%, Seminar paper (2500 words) 35%, Oral presentation and handout 15%

This capstone course for the Classics Major explores in greater depth the cultural legacies of Rome to Greece that have previously been studied within the Classics Major. Three modules will develop students’ scholarly skills, including: - 'deep reading' of primary texts - Contextualising evidence - Making oral presentations of research following academic conventions - Following scholarly debates in ancient history, archaeology and classical literature. In Module 2, students will stream into content-specific seminars, then combine back into a common seminar program (Module 3). This allows students to build upon their specialisations within the Classics Major: archaeology with history, or intellectual history with literary studies. This provides the maximum possible flexibility that empowers students to develop their knowledge base and practice scholarly techniques through a research essay on a topic chosen by them in collaboration with staff. Module 1 - The lectures and three seminars will explore aspects of Classical Athens. Seminar 1 will explore the process of delivering a scholarly paper to an audience, and prepare students for their oral presentation later in the course. Seminars 2-3 may vary yearly, but may include the 'democratic' nature of Athenian art; Athenian Comedy and/or works of Aristotle. Module 2 - All students attend weekly lectures on historical or conceptual backgrounds to the late Classical and Hellenistic worlds. Students will, however, choose one of two parallel seminar themes offered. These will vary from year to year, but will be from the areas of archaeology/history, philosophy/intellectual history, or literary studies. They will examine in greater depth topics dealt with in previous Classics courses, focusing on the impact of the Classical and Hellenistic world on Rome. Module 3 - Students revert to a common seminar program, exploring current controversies and debates on the interpretation of ancient texts and artefacts, including the loss of texts and gaps in our knowledge of the past.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
23583 LE01 15 3 29 Jul - 16 Sep Wednesday 10am - 11am Hartley, 122, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 28 Oct Wednesday 10am - 11am Hartley, 122, Teaching Room
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
23584 SE01 15 3 29 Jul - 16 Sep Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 28 Oct Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room