Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature

Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 24045

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

The module provides an introduction to key aspects and periods of Greek and Roman Literature. Semester I introduces Greek Literature, starting from the Iliad and Odyssey, moving on to a selection of lyric poetry (eg Sappho), and concluding with a selection of tragedies. Semester 2 introduces key Roman texts and authors, beginning with Virgil’s Aeneid. Other texts include Cicero’s speeches against Catiline, and a selection of Roman elegy and satire.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshop activity; practice essays and commentaries