A survey of major authors of Greece and Rome from Homer to Juvenal, featuring narratives of love and war.
Two of the most important issues that preoccupied Greek and Roman societies were love
and war. The war in which the Greeks sacked and destroyed Troy stemmed from Paris'
love affair with Helen, which was followed by Odysseus' long journey home to his faithful
wife Penelope. The bitter rivalry between Rome and Carthage was shaped by the curse
of a dying Dido, whose love Aeneas spurned.
This paper approaches classical literature through the recurring and connected themes of love, romanticism and eroticism and war, violence and conflict. These themes are explored by examining relevant works of Greek authors (Homer and Aristophanes) and Roman authors (Plautus, Catullus, Vergil, Petronius, Ovid, Juvenal). In examining these works, the paper encourages students to analyse events and debates that cast a shadow over much of the ancient world and that are relevant to discussions about the modern world.
|Paper title||Love and War in Graeco-Roman Literature|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- (18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points) or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Professor Jon Hall
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers the themes of love and war in the following classical authors and
- Homer's Odyssey
- Aristophanes' Lysistrata
- Plautus' The Swaggering Soldier
- Vergil's Aeneid
- Ovid's Amores and Ars Amatoria
- Petronius' Satyricon
- Juvenal's Satires
- Teaching Arrangements
- 24 lectures, 6 tutorials
- Homer, Odyssey (trans. Shewring) (Oxford Classics)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate skills in literary and cultural criticism needed to appreciate the authors and works studied
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the significance of selected themes
- Demonstrate research and writing skills through written and oral analyses of the texts studied