The Agora to Hogwarts: Greek and Roman Culture in the Modern World
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- 27 Feb 2023
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1. Demonstrate knowledge about two ancient cultures and knowledge of their historical context.
2. Relate other cultures to their own.
3. Demonstrate an increased capacity to understand the workings of culture and language.
4. Improve their written skills and extend their English vocabulary.
5. Share their acquired knowledge and review their classmates' analyses of ancient and modern cultures.
- • Influences of Ancient Greece and Rome.
- • The Greek and Latin roots of English.
- • Classical Mythology in film and other media.
- • The Ancient Greek alphabet.
- • Greek & Roman magic, science & medicine.
- • Greek & Roman political & legal systems.
- • The influence of the ancient Olympics and gladiatorial contests.
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This subject provides an informative and fun introduction to two of the major cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean world: Ancient Greece and Rome, and looks at where they turn up in the modern world from our own university's 'Agora' to the Latin spells of the Harry Potter series. We explore the fascinating worlds of Greece and Rome, including the places where their histories, societies and languages have influenced our own culture. Students will learn about the worlds of Julius Caesar and Socrates; learn about ancient societies at war and at peace; and discover what we have taken from ancient political structures ('democracy', 'senate', 'fascism'), sport (the Olympics; gladiators), history, law, science, medicine and mythology.
- Weekly tutorial tests and exercises (equivalent 2200 words) Assessments will draw on lectures and set readings, and assess students' ability to transfer that information to parallel instances of modern culture. (55%)
- Source Analysis (1000 words) Students will choose an ancient and modern source from a selection provided by the coordinator, and analyse the links and differences between the two. (25%)
- Group presentation (equivalent 800 words) This will draw on preparatory work in workshops and be presented to the seminar group, or pre-recorded for discussion in class. (20%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.