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By focusing on texts from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC, this course illuminates the richness of early Greek ideas about visual art and literature down to and including Plato and Aristotle, whose views remain influential, but whose status as founders of western aesthetics has been challenged in recent years. This course also shows how ancient literary and aesthetic criticism embraced other issues central to Greek speculative thought: psychology, sense perception, ethics and emotion, poetics, rhetoric and erotic desire. The early Greek reception of artworks and literature thus emerges as an important strand of ancient intellectual history and deepens our understanding of what Greek art and literature could mean to its public, ancient and modern alike.
- Understanding key areas of ancient intellectual history: aesthetics, poetics and rhetoric- Understanding cultural meanings behind major aspects of Greek art and literature- Ability to synthesise wide-ranging materials into a coherent whole to produce and informed argument and interpretation- Ability to recognise to interconnectedness between visual and verbal materials as well as key differences- Ability to recognise continuities and developments in ideas over time in the ancient Greek world- Ability to recognise the global legacy of such ideas
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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Domestic fee $2,046.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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