1 KARABUK UNIVERSITY Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature Undergraduate program 2011-2012 Academic Year, Fall Semester Course Syllabus Semester: Fall Semester, 2012 Time: Tuesday 13:00 – 15:25 (AMFT 16) Tuesday 19:40 – 21:05 (AMFT 15) Course Title: Classical Literature Course Code: ELIT 215 Course Level : First semester, second year Credits/ECTS Credit: 3/4 Academic Staff Information Name Office Number Christopher Cary # 401 Office Hours E-mail Address Tuesday & Thursday [email protected] 10:30 – 11:15 15:30 – 16:15 Course Description: Classical Literature This course is designed as introductory guide to the most important and influential works of prose, poetry and drama from ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to a general overview of the main literary traditions of the ancient western world, this course will provide contextual information about the primary classical writers whose works have survived the ravages of time and extensive information about the setting in which these works were created. Rather than merely focusing on classical myths, this course is designed to closely examine representative literary texts from which our knowledge of many myths were derived (such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey). We will examine these works as literary masterpieces in their own right, and as works 2 of great influence and inspiration regarding the development of Western civilization and culture. A judicious knowledge of these ancient texts assists all readers in the development of an understanding of more recent literature and art, whether it be the myriad classical allusions in Shakespeare or the more oblique references in Joyce and Eliot, the depictions of legends and stories in art and classical music, or modern renderings or reconstructions of ancient classical dramas. Course Objectives After successfully completing this course, students will be able to execute the following tasks: Develop an understanding appreciation of timeless works of literature that explore the beauty and complexity of human existence. Describe the most important literary figures and their primary contributions to the canon of classical literature. Read, analyze, and interpret representative works of classical literature in literary, socio-political, cultural, and historical contexts. Identify how these social, political, and cultural elements influenced the development of classical literature. Understand and discuss the literary characteristics of representative works of classical literature. Discover how these ancient masterworks relate to our own time and place. Describe the profound influence of classical myths on the development of English literature. Understand how the works of classical literature helped to shape the development and evolution of classical myths. Understand the major elements of Greek and Roman mythology Respond to challenging questions in a manner that demonstrates the ability to read and think effectively, and express oneself as reflective, critical students. 3 Course Textbook: Knox, Bernard (Ed.). The Norton Book of Classical Literature. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993. (866 pp.) ISBN: 0-393-03426-7. Recommended Resources: Boardman, John (Ed). The Oxford History of the Classical World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. Easterling, P.E. (Ed). The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Volumes 1 and 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1989. Howatson, M.C. The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Recommended websites: Perseus Digital Library: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ Internet Classics Archive: http://classics.mit.edu/ Internet Sacred Text Archive: http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm Theoi Greek Mythology: http://www.theoi.com/ Encyclopedia Mythica: http://www.pantheon.org/ 4 Course Calendar: (subject to revision during the semester) Week Readings and material to be covered (excerpts from these works) 1 Course Introduction – Ancient Greece and Rome: pp. 23 – 60 2 Course Introduction – Ancient Greece (continued): pp. 23 – 44 The Iliad by Homer: pp. 63 – 112 Epic poetry 3 The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer: pp. 63 – 187 Works and Days by Hesiod: pp. 187 – 201 4 The poetry of Sappho: pp. 223 – 231 The poetry of Pindar: pp. 251 – 263 5 (Plato and Aristotle: theories of drama) Aeschylus: pp. 300 – 334 Drama Herodotus and Thucydides: pp. 267 – 299, 334 – 356 Archaic Lyric and Iambus History 6 Holiday 7 Antigone by Sophocles: pp. 357 – 403 8 Euripides: pp. 404 – 446 Drama Aristophanes: pp. 446 – 477 9 Midterm exam 10 Review of Introduction – Ancient Rome: pp. 44 – 60 Catullus: pp. 604 – 614 Poetry Horace: pp. 614 – 639 Odes and Satires 11 The Aeneid by Virgil: pp. 639 – 702 12 The Aeneid by Virgil: pp. 639 – 702 (continued) (The History of Rome by Livy: pp. 702 – 715) History 13 Metamorphoses (and other poetry) by Ovid: pp. 727 – 786 14 Metamorphoses (and other poetry) by Ovid: pp. 727 – 786 (continued) (Medea by Seneca: class handout) Drama 15 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: pp. 827 – 833 Prose Confessions by Aurelius Augustinus (Saint Augustine): pp. 833 – 852 Drama Epic poetry Mock Epic poetry 5 Course Requirements: Requirements include the completion of weekly readings, participation in class discussions, and completion of midterm and final exams. Since the foundation of this course is built upon classroom discussions, students are expected to prepare in advance and contribute to the discussion of assigned readings during each class period. Participants are expected to attend classes regularly and arrive on time to avoid disruptions. Students should bring their textbook and notebook to all classes. The classroom language is English, and the use of any other languages will not be allowed. Assignments will not be accepted after the stated deadline. Expected Workload: Students should expect to spend two to three hours (on average) of study and preparation for each 45minute class period. Assessment Methods: Two written exams are the major portions of the overall assessment in the course. Students are likewise expected to participate in classroom discussions. This activity is of vital importance for success in this course. *Grading Policy: Written mid-term exam 40% Written final exam 60% Class participation 10% of overall grade (included in exam grades) *The minimum passing grade at Karabük University is 60% out of 100%. A student must acquire a score of 50% or higher on the final exam in order to pass the course (regardless of his/her midterm grade). Please see relevant regulations at http://www.karabuk.edu.tr/dbsk/oisleri 6 Attendance Policy: Absence from class lectures shall not exceed 30%. Students who exceed the stated limit without a medical or emergency excuse approved by the Dean of the English literature department shall not be allowed to take the final examination and shall receive a mark of zero for the course. If the excuse is approved by the Dean and the program coordinator, the student shall be considered to have withdrawn from the course. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is broadly defined as the act of stealing and passing off somebody’s work or ideas as one’s own without crediting the original source, and it is a serious offense in all scholarly communities. If a student quotes or summarizes an author’s written works or ideas, he/she must provide an appropriate citation in the assignment. If an act of plagiarism by a student is discovered, a disciplinary investigation will immediately follow. Cheating: Cheating is unfortunately a common problem. The Department of English Language and Literature at Karabük University has now adopted policy of zero tolerance. Any student who is discovered cheating will be investigated by a disciplinary committee and punished to the fullest extent possible under the current academic policy. No further warnings will be issued and no exceptions will be made.