In the classical world there were two major kinds of fiction, epic poetry, the most prestigious of all literary genres, and the prose novel, the least esteemed and the most popular of forms. The unit examines two epics and two novels: Homer's Iliad, the first work of the western canon, Ovid's
Metamorphoses, a narratological tour de force which encompasses the entire world of Graeco-Roman mythology, Apuleius'
The Golden Ass, a Roman novel of the second century CE which tells of its narrator's transformation into an ass and Achilles Tatius'
Leucippe and Clitophon, a Greek novel of the same period which tells of the adventures of a pair of young lovers and their eventual marriage.
ASSESSMENT: 3,000 words written work (50%), 2-hr exam (50%)
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