Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE CLA3014

 
TITLE Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Narrative (Xenophon and Caesar)

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

 
DESCRIPTION Selections from the 'Anabasis' of Xenophon and from Book VI of the 'De Bello Gallico' of Caesar are briefly introduced, read, translated and explained in class after they are prepared at home. Students will analyze closely the text for problems of textual criticism. Students will also be introduced to the historical and cultural background relative to the chosen texts. In this synoptic study-unit, students will be expected to demonstrate a practical knowledge of Latin and Greek which they acquired in their course. Moreover, they will be expected to make the necessary connections between the chosen texts and the pertinent cultural background which they learnt in various study-units in the Classics programme.

Study-unit Aims

1. To help students apply and extend their current knowledge of Greek and Latin by reading a grammatically and syntactically exemplary text in both languages;
2. To help students identify and interpret historical allusions, figures of speech and other rhetorical devises;
3. To provide the historical, cultural and literary background to the selected texts, linking this to the cultural study-units that students follow during the rest of their course.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the historical, political, and social contexts to the works of Caesar and Xenophon, particularly in relation to the prescribed texts;
2. Achieve a working knowledge of the two authors' respective language and style through the close analysis of original excerpts from the prescribed texts;
3. Understand the two historians' stature and influence on historical, as well as anthropological, literature.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. To place Xenophon and Caesar within the history of the genre of historical writing;
2. To analyze the set works, in form, motives, and military tactics;
3. To translate other Greek and Latin texts of the same level of difficulty;
4. To contribute to the discussion of various aspects raised in class.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Du Pontet, R.L.A. ed. (1963). Caesar, Commentarii I. Oxford: Clarendon Press [set text book] [XJ,C].
Yavetz, Z. (1983). Julius Caesar and his public image. Cornell [DEG 262.Y381].
Wiseman, T.P. (1998). The publication of the De Bello Gallico, in K. Welch & A. Powell (eds), Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter: the War Commentaries as Political Instruments, London, Duckworth: 1-9 [ PA6246 .J85]
Hall, L.G.H (1998). Ratio and Romanitas in the Bellum Gallicum, in K. Welch & A. Powell (eds), Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter: the War Commentaries as Political Instruments, London, Duckworth: 11-43 [ PA6246 .J85]
Welch, K. Caesar and his officers in the Gallic War Commentaries, in K. Welch & A. Powell (eds), Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter: the War Commentaries as Political Instruments, London, Duckworth: 85-110 [ PA6246 .J85]
Matthew, M. W. and J.W. Hewitt (eds) (2010). Xenophon, Anabasis. Kessinger Publishing.
Brownson, C.L. tr. (1998). Anabasis / Xenophon Carleton L. Brownson ; revised by John Dillery, Loeb classical library.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: Knowledge of Greek and Latin Grammar and Syntax

Pre-Requisite Study-units: CLA1009, CLA1011, CLA2012 and CLA2019 or equivalent

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Synoptic Study-Unit

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Anthony Bonanno
Carmel Serracino

 
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