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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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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
28598 LEC0 20 13 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
20584 SE01 20 13 5 Aug - 16 Sep Thursday 9am - 11am Lower Napier, LG09, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 21 Oct Thursday 9am - 11am Lower Napier, LG09, Teaching Room
22911 SE02 5 5 29 Jul - 16 Sep Thursday 9am - 11am MyUni, OL, Online Class
7 Oct - 28 Oct Thursday 9am - 11am 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.