Classical Poetry in Translation

Ref: C3127656

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We shall be looking at the Greek gods and goddesses through the eyes of Hesiod and Homer and re-visiting the magical world of Sappho on Lesbos. We will look at the life of a Roman country gentleman, Tibullus, and his friend Sulpicia and her followers. We will explore the romantic, and at times less salubrious, world of Ovid's love poetry and the dangers that followed publication. Finally, we shall explore the piquant epigrams of Martial and the satiric world of Juvenal.

Course aim

This course will be an opportunity to explore and enjoy a range of classical poetry. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required as all poetry and worksheets will be provided in English.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for people who are enthusiastic readers of Classical or other poetries. It is expected that students will be familiar with the technical language of poetry and have some notion of the ancient world of Greece and Rome and the huge impact they had on subsequent western civilisations.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate some understanding of the Greek mind
  • understand more about women poets in the ancient past
  • understand why Ovid got into so much trouble
  • name some lesser poets of the period

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Classical Poetry in Translation

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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