QUOTE(eldatom @ Apr 22 2011, 10:37 AM)
A330 looks a really interesting course Maizie. Did you have to do a level 2 course that was similar first or does it stand alone?
It does stand alone quite nicely - you don't really need to know a great deal of classical history or anything like that. I did A219 (Intro to Classical World) and AA309 (Roman Empire - now discontinued) beforehand, and while it does fit in nicely with those, they definitely aren't necessary.
In A219, you cover Augustus coming to power at the end of the Repbulic/start of the Empire, from a historical perspective and also in the poetry of the time. In AA309 this period comes up again more than once, including Virgil's Anaeid. And then in A330, you get to look at the Anaeid from a third perspective. They don't build on one another, but it is really nice to see the courses fitting together like that - basically, they've thought about people who might have studied other classical studies courses, and put something in there for them, as well as for people completely new to the area.
The recommended preparation is here
. I would say the best things you could do to prepare are:
- to be familiar with a bit of classical history, but really basic stuff like "Rome was a monarchy, then a republic, then there was a civil war and it became an empire"
You don't need to worry about dates or names or anything detailed!
- to read the set book Metamorphoses from cover to cover (it's quite a big book, and it's divided in to fifteen sections which are confusingly each called 'books'!) In the course, the first six books are read in varying levels of detail. But by reading the whole thing you get introduced to a lot more myths - it helps you just to have that familiarity. Besides that, it is a jolly good read! (And it may come in useful in TMAs and the EMA, as it will give you more things to choose from, e.g. we had a TMA where we had to discuss a story of our choice from Metamorphoses - it didn't have to be one of the ones studied in detail in the block)