Latin Literature


Course Objective

-to acquire knowledge of Latin literature, in this case imperial epic
(Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica) and its context;
-to develop further the ability to read . trans
-to develop skills such as doing research, reading Latin presenting,
debating, critical thinking;

Course Content

Epic in the Flavian Age: Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica

Roman epic flourished during the reign of the Flavian emperors (69-96
AD), witness the fact that four epics have come down to us: Valerius
Flaccus’ Argonautica, Statius’ Achilleis and Thebais, and Silius
Italicus’ Punica. Whereas these epic poets were often neglected and seen
as mere epigones of Virgil, their poems are currently enjoying an
exciting revival. More and more, it is becoming clear that Flavian epic
had its own voice and agenda. This seminar will focus on the first of
these epics (which was probably written during Vespasian’s reign) to see
what challenges Valerius Flaccus faced as he tried to find his own place
in the long epic tradition. How did he deal with his predecessors? With
Apollonius of Rhodes’ Hellenistic epic on the same topic, with Virgil’s
classic Aeneid, and with that epic’s iconoclastic successors: Ovid’s
Metamorphoses and Lucan’s Bellum Civile? And how did the other Flavian
epics react to Valerius’ attempts? Other topics to be dealt with in this
seminar include Valerius’ peculiar epic style, the enigmatic
incompleteness and ending of the poem, its reception in later times, and
the way the epic reflects the cultural and political context of Flavian

Teaching Methods

lectures and seminars

Method of Assessment

The final score for the course is based on (1) individual presentation
(30%), (2) written examination of individual reading list (70%).

General Information

Course Code L_XLMAOHS009
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. M.A.J. Heerink
Examiner dr. M.A.J. Heerink
Teaching Staff dr. M.A.J. Heerink

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