Late Greek and Late Latin Literature


Course Objective

• to extend knowledge of the function of literature in the confrontation
between cultures, especially the Greek and the Latin cultures, in the
period 1000-1500 CE, and to be able to intrepret a variety of Greek and
Latin literary genres and texts from this period from this perspective;
• to be able to interpret Greek and Latin literature form the Middle
Ages and the Early Modern Period from an interdisciplinary perspective,
within their historical context;
• to be able to carry out independent research on Greek and Latin texts,
and to reflect critically on other interpretations.

Course Content

In the lively interaction between the Greek and the Latin world in the
period 1000-1500 CE, literature played a significant role. By
investigating perspectives on other cultures over a longer period of
time and in different literary genres, the course enables students to
realise how diverse reactions and interactions between cultures in the
high Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period actually were. The courses
will focus on travel reports and diplomatic texts, historiography,
epistolography and (epic) poetry telling us how writers admired distant
cultures, lamented the fall of their city, and expressed their religious
preoccupations. Each week, one seminar will be dedicated to Late Greek
and one seminar to Late Latin.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Paper (3000-5000 wrds) (100%)

Entry Requirements

Students of the MA-programme Ancient Studies with knowledge of only one
of the required languages, i.e. ancient Greek or Latin, will attend
either the Late Greek or the Late Latin seminars (3 ECTS) and will do an
additional tutorial (3 ECTS) to replace the other half of the course.
The tutorial will consist of a reading list.


A reader with relevant texts or links to relevant texts will be

Target Audience

Students of the MA-programmes Classics or Ancient Civilizations with
Greek and/or Latin

Recommended background knowledge

BA Classics of Ancient Studies with Greek or Latin

General Information

Course Code L_XAMAOHS006
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. E.M. van Opstall
Examiner dr. E.M. van Opstall
Teaching Staff dr. E.M. van Opstall
D. Rijser

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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