* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
War and the nature of heroism were the central subject of the ancient world's most prestigious literary genre, epic poetry. This unit explores the changing ways in which the experience of war and the character of the epic hero are represented in four major epics: 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, Lucan's
Civil War, an historical epic from the reign of Nero, which explodes epic's conventions and rejects the possibility of heroism in civil war and Statius'
Thebaid, a mythological epic of the Flavian period, which depicts ancient Thebes in ways that strikingly resemble contemporary Rome.
ASSESSMENT: 3,000 words written work (50%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (4050%)
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