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CLST 311
Greek and Roman Epic
(Winter 2013)


Instructor: R. Drew Griffith

Teaching Assistant: Emily Ricketts

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Course Description

This course is an intensive study of ancient Greek and Roman epic. It will cover Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid,  as well as selected passages from Apollonius of Rhodes' Argonautica. These works will be examined both as poetry and as cultural documents. Although the course is primarily in a lecture format, students will be expected to come to class having completed the scheduled readings and ready to answer questions during class.

Required Texts

Homer, Iliad
Homer, Odyssey
Apollonius, Voyage of the Argo
Vergil, Aeneid

Course Materials

Vergil's Aeneid: Intro (226 kb) Vergil's Aeneid: Biblio (242 kb) Vergil's Aeneid One: Notes (558 kb) Vergil's Aeneid Two:  Notes (412kb)

Vergil's Aeneid Three: Notes

(543 kb)

Vergil's Aeneid Four: Notes  (500 kb)

 Lecture for 5.11.13 (412 kb)

 The Setting of Vergil's Aeneid: Six (270 kb)


Vergil's Aeneid Six: Notes (402 kb)


Vergil's Aeneid Seven: Notes (425 kb)
Vergil's Aeneid Eight: Notes  (361 kb) Vergil's Aeneid Eight: Maps  (2.2 MB) Vergil's Aeneid Ten: Notes  (220 kb) Vergil's Aeneid Eleven: Notes  (367 kb) Vergil's Aeneid Twelve: Notes (217 kb)
Structure of Vergil's Aeneid   (309 kb) Vergil Translations               (273 kb)   Vergil Manuscript   (2 MB)   Genealogies   (1.7 MB)   Maps and Plans   (3.6 MB)

Aeneas in Britain

(1.9 MB)

 Vergil's Aeneid: Conclusion (227 kb)
Vergil Manga Mania poster (340 kb)

Marking Scheme

There will be one assignment  (50%) and one final examination (50%).


 (worth 50% of your final mark)

Based on a passage of Vergil’s Aeneid of roughly two pages in length in Fitzgerald’s translation, create a graphic novel (comic), manga or film-director’s storyboard to tell visually what Vergil tells with words.  An artistic statement must be submitted with your final project on Tuesday, March 26.  It is intended to be a brief summary of your approach to creating your graphic novel and will also serve as a guideline for marking your work.  This way your thoughts behind translating the text into visual form will not be misinterpreted by the TA.  The following points should be included:

  • The passage you chose and why you chose it
  • Brief explanation of the style of your work
  • Examples of how poetic and rhetoric devices were translated into your visual work
  • If you made any changes to the text, why did you make them?

Marking Scheme:


Choice of Passage

Visual Interpretation



  • Exciting
  • Lends itself perfectly to visual treatment
  • 10%
  • Has an immediately identifiable style
  • Shows good use of variety
  • Succeeds  in translating key poetic and rhetorical effects from Vergil’s text into a visual medium
  • Great attention to detail
  • 30%
  • Appropriate (looks Roman)
  • Neat and legible
  • Expresses character
  • 10%


  • Fairly exciting
  • Lends itself adequately to visual treatment
  • 7.5%
  • Has some sense of style
  • Has some variety
  • Goes some way toward translating key poetic and rhetorical effects from Vergil’s text into a visual medium
  • Some attention to detail
  • 22.5%
  • Looks vaguely Roman
  • Fairly legible
  • Expresses character a bit
  • 7.5%


  • Not very exciting
  • Lends itself poorly to visual treatment
  • 6%
  • Little sense of style
  • Repetitive
  • Barely translates key poetic and rhetorical effects from Vergil’s texts into a visual medium
  • Very little attention to detail
  • 18%
  • Not clear why this style was chosen
  • Barely legible
  • Fails to express character
  • 6%


  • Boring
  • Does not lend itself at all to visual treatment
  • 4%
  • No sense of style
  • Highly repetitive
  • Fails to translate key poetic and rhetorical effects from Vergil’s text into a visual medium
  • 12%
  • Messy
  • Illegible
  • Inexpressive
  • 4%


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Lecture Schedule

                Tues. 8 Jan.         Verg. Aen. Book 1 Lines 1-417

                Fri. 11                    1.418-756


                Tues. 15               2.1-401

                Fri. 18                    2. 402-804


                Tues. 22               3.1-355

                Fri. 25                    3.356-718


                Tues. 29               4.1-361

                Fri. 1 Feb.            4.362-705


             Tues. 5                  5.1-460

                Fri. 8                      5.461-870


                Tues. 12               6.1-425

                Fri. 15                    6.426-901




                Tues. 26               7.1-405

                Fri. 1 Mar.            7.406-817


                Tues. 5                  8.1-369

                Fri. 8                      8.370-731


                Tues. 12               9.1-449

                Fri. 15                    9.450-818


                Tues. 19               10.1-438

                Fri. 22                    10.439-908


                Tues. 26               11.1-915

                Fri. 29                    GOOD FRIDAY


                Tues. 2 Apr.        12.1-440

                Fri. 5                      12.441-952


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