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6AACLT07 Latin Texts VII (Drama): Various Texts

Module convenor and assigned text change from year-to-year, please see below for annual information

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Various, changes from year-to-year, see below
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) (For Study Abroad students attending for Semester 1 only, 1 x 2-hour test paper in December.)
Prerequisites: A pass in 4AACLA03 Latin Language 3 or a level 5 Latin text module, 5AACLT01-L04.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This is a Level 6 Latin text module, focusing on Drama. The text prescription will vary from time to time, and will be announced before module choices have to be made for the next academic session. Specimen prescriptions, from previous years, can be found below. The examination will test knowledge of the context, content and themes of the set text(s), as well as translation ability.

For the specific text assigned for a particular year, please see below:

2014-15, Seneca, Phaedra

Module convenor/tutor: Professor William Fitzgerald

Seneca was the most influential of ancient tragedians. His works were admired and imitated for centuries until they suffered a loss of status in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Recently, their sensational rhetoric, violence and sublimity have restored them to critical attention. Phaedra is one of Seneca’s greatest plays, very different in spirit to Euripides’ Hippolytus. We will be reading the whole of this play, together with a representative sample of modern scholarship on this most fascinating of dramatists.

Set Text

  • Seneca, Phaedra, edited by Michael Coffey and Roland Mayer (Cambridge University Press 1990).
  • Roland Mayer, Seneca: Phaedra (Duckworth 2002) 

2012-13, Terence, Adelphoe

Module convenor/tutor: Ian Goh

Terence brought a new sophistication to the composition of comedy in the second century B.C. His innovations were double plots, refined use of the Latin language, and a scrupulous regard for the tone of the Greek plays he adapted for the Roman stage. Adelphoe is felt by many to be his masterpiece. It focuses on the result of the very different upbringing of two brothers, both of whom fall in love with prostitutes.

Set Text

  • R. H. Martin (ed.) Terence, Adelphoe (Cambridge 1976)
  • A. S. Gratwick (ed., trans.), Terence, Adelphoe (Warminster 1987) NB: Gratwick’s book is excellent, but does not comment on the Latin text.
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