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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Postgraduate Coursework
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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 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28596 LEC0 48 12 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20582 SE02 48 13 30 Jul - 17 Sep Friday 12pm - 2pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 29 Oct Friday 12pm - 2pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
22910 SE03 6 5 30 Jul - 17 Sep Friday 12pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
8 Oct - 29 Oct Friday 12pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This remote class is ONLY for students for whom health or location prohibits face to face attendance, AND for whom this course is CORE (rather than elective) to their program. This remote session will be delivered synchronously with the face to face session via Zoom. Your Course Coordinator will provide a Zoom link or equivalent via MyUni.