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					Classical Culture
(offered by the Department of Classics and World Languages) Telephone number 012 429 6725/6811

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Introduction

Through a broad range of texts presented in modern English translations, Classical Culture introduces the student to the magnificent literature, history, and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The various aspects of classical intellectual endeavour, extending from literary genres to sociohistorical analysis, provide essential background and interdisciplinary links to most of the courses offered in the College of Human Sciences.

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General Information
No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required. Students who wish to continue with postgraduate studies in Classical Culture must have done all the undergraduate modules in the Classical Culture stream. Credit for a degree is granted for either CCL101 and 102 or CCU100 or Principles of Greek Culture (PGC100).

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Transitional Arrangements
Students who passed CCU200 prior to 2001 must pass four modules of CLS822, 823, 824, 826, 827 in order to complete the major subject. Students who passed CCL802J and CCL803K retain credit towards that degree.

Study unit passed CCU100 CCL821/822 CCL823 CCL824 CCL825 CCL828 CCL829

Modules which may not be taken CCL101, 102 CLS822 CLS821 CLS823 CLS824 CLS826 CLS827

Outstanding modules

CLS821, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827 CLS822, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827 CLS821, 822, 824, 825, 826, 827 CLS821, 822, 823, 825, 826, 827 CLS821, 822, 823, 824, 825, 827 CLS821, 822, 823, 824, 825, 826

Students who registered prior to 2007 and indicated that they wished to do a major in two of the following subjects – Ancient History, Classical Culture, Greek and Latin − must complete their major subjects under the old codes (as indicated below) before the end of 2011: Current codes CLS8216 CLS8228 CLS8239 CLS824A CLS825B CLS826C CLS827D Old code equivalent CCL823P CCL821M and CCL822N CCL824Q CCL825R (historiography) CCL803K CCL828U CCL825R (poetry) or CCL829V

For advice students are asked to contact the Department.

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Classical Culture as a Major Subject
Compulsory modules for a major subject combination:

First level: Second level: Third level:

CCL101, 102 CLS826, 827 CLS821, 822, 823, 824, 825

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FIRST-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 5)

Syllabus

CCL101R Greek society, myths and literature (S1 and S2)* Purpose: to introduce students to ancient Greek society, its myths and its literature, Greek poetry through a study of selected passages from Homer’s Odyssey.

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CCL102S Roman society, myths and literature (S1 and S2)* Purpose: to gain insight into ancient Roman society, its myths and its literature, in particular Latin poetry through a study of selected passages from Virgil’s Aeneid.

SECOND-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 6)
Prerequisite: CCL101, 102 or any FOUR First level modules CLS826C Cultural contexts (S1 and S2) Purpose: to allow students to engage with the broad civilisation and specific cultural aspects of the ancient world through critical reading of the sources. Reference to comparable issues in contemporary society, where applicable, gives this module a stimulating slant. Students specialising in Classical Culture concentrate, through a reading of literary texts (in English translation) on the importance of environmental awareness in antiquity, with a view to evaluating certain aspects in the light of current ecological concerns. CLS827D Visual and verbal representations (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to the Classical world through its art and architecture, visual source materials or the languages themselves. Students specialising in Classical Culture will be introduced to: either a survey of the main accomplishments in architecture and art – including vase painting, sculpture, mosaics and murals – in the Greco-Roman period, or three fundamental poetical genres – Greco-Roman elegy, lyric, pastoral – as represented in selected poems (in English translation).

THIRD-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 7)
Prerequisite: CLS826 and CLS827 CLS8216 Epic transformations (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to the notion of the epic or ‘monumental’, in reference to either a continuous, large-scale literary composition or a pivotal historical event or period. Students specialising in Classical Culture focus on Homer and Virgil (presented through English translations) and their historical and cultural interconnections. CLS8228 Dramatic visions (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to drama, either off-stage or on-stage: real-life historical drama, or fictional drama on the comic and tragic stages. Students specialising in Classical Culture study Greco-Roman comedy and tragedy (in English translation) with a view to discovering what made the ancients laugh or cry, and how they used these literary forms to engage with serious social questions. CLS8239 Ancient thought and practice (S1 and S2) Purpose: to offer students access to ancient thought through ancient philosophy or democratic practice, by critical source analysis. Students specialising in Classical Culture study (in English translation) a selection of the works of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and the Stoics, as well as their various contributions to the development of philosophical thought. CLS824A Historical encounters (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to the concept of history and the origins of historical thinking through the works of ancient historians and other prose writers. Students specialising in Classical Culture will study selections from Greek and Roman historians (in English translation) to gain an insight into the socio-political environment of the ancient world. CLS825B Power and empowerment (S1 and S2) Purpose: to introduce students to ancient texts, personalities and events related to power and its generation in various contexts (social, political, religious, textual). Classical Culture students focus on the competitive settings of ancient entertainment (Greek festivals and Roman games).

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