University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

CLAS 3024 - Emotions in Antiquity

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: CLAS 2023
Assessment: Essay 25%, Presentation or seminar commentary 10%, Essay or primary source analysis 25%, Academic journal or research essay 40%
Biennial Course: Course offered in odd years

The course focuses upon the ways in which various extreme emotional states (anger, love, grief, ecstasy etc.) were expressed and explored in the poetry and prose of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Beginning with the destructive power of anger in Homer's Iliad and ending with the ecstatic 'passions' of the martyrs in the poetry of the early Christian poet Prudentius, the course traverses a wide variety of emotional states and literary genres including Greek tragedy (which delves deeply into emotions such as anger, grief and fear), the passionate love lyrics of poets such as Sappho and the grief-stricken letters of Cicero on the death of his daughter. Throughout the course the following questions will be addressed; 1. How did people express and deal with extreme emotional states in the ancient world? 2. To what extent did ancient attitudes to various emotional states differ from modern attitudes? 3. To what extent was ancient poetry (as opposed to prose) an effective vehicle for expressing and exploring emotion? 4. How far were there set conventions and established methods of conveying these emotions in various ancient literary genres?

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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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 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21977 LE01 60 46 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Ligertwood, 231, Lecture Theatre
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Ligertwood, 231, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21978 SE02 22 8 31 Jul - 31 Jul Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room
14 Aug - 18 Sep Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room
16 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Hughes, 111a, Teaching Room