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IGNOU BEGC-102 - European Classical Literature

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European Classical Literature

BEGC–102 covers classical literature of Europe – The Iliad by Homer, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Pot of Gold by Plautus, and works by Horace and Ovid. These creations have exerted a far-reaching impact on Western literature and culture. BEGC–102 introduces students to the various literary genres that developed in Europe. It enhances the knowledge of learners through discussions and analysis of classical European culture.

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IGNOU BEGC-102 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title European Classical Literature
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-102
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-102 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Homer: The Iliad

  • Unit 1 - Approaching the Illiad, the Epic and the Homeric Tradition
  • Unit 2 - The Homeric Hero
  • Unit 3 - War in the Homeric Age: Honour Versus Horror
  • Unit 4 - Towards Political Ethics: Moral Philosophy or Cultural Norms

Block 2 - Sophocles: Oedipus Rex

  • Unit 1 - Greek Theatre: Major Playwrights
  • Unit 2 - Oedipus Rex: Summary & Analysis
  • Unit 3 - Oedipus Rex & Aristotle’s Three Unities
  • Unit 4 - Oedipus Rex: a Classical & a Modern Tragedy

Block 3 - Plautus: Pot of Gold

  • Unit 1 - Roman Comedy
  • Unit 2 - Pot of Gold-I
  • Unit 3 - Pot of Gold-II
  • Unit 4 - Post of Gold: Critical Perspectives

Block 4 - Horace and Ovid

  • Unit 1 - Roman Literature: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - Horace: Life and Works
  • Unit 3 - Horace: A Textual Analysis of Satire 1:4
  • Unit 4 - Ovid: Life, Literature, Works, and Bacchus Book III
  • Unit 5 - Pyramus and Thisbe/Book IV and Philomela/Book VI
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IGNOU BEGC-102 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Write short notes in about 100 words each: (i) Greek Tragedy (ii) Roman Comedy 2. Reference to the Context in about 100 words each: (i) “… These tribulations and unbearable expenses Are just a few f the ills that come with dowries. But she who brings no cash does bring obedience, While rich girls kill their husbands with their mischief and extravagance.” (ii) “…When my good father taught me to be good, Scarecrows he took for living flesh and blood. Thus, if he warned me not to spend but spare The moderate means I owe to his wise care, ‘Twas, “See the life that son of Albius leads!” Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Write a detailed note on the difference or similarities between the Homeric Epic and the Roman epic. 2. Evaluate Oedipus Rex as a tragedy for all times. 3. Examine Pot of Gold as a Roman comedy. 4. Examine the themes of Horace’s satires, especially Satire 1:4.

IGNOU BEGC-102 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Write short notes in about 100 words each: (i) Epic (ii) Unity of Action 2. Reference to the Context in about 100 words each: (i) “… This proclamation I address to all:- Thebans, if any knows the man by whom Laius, son of Labadacus, was slain, I summon him to make clean shrift to me.” (ii) “…What happened after that I cannot tell, Nor how the end befell, for with a shriek Burst on us Oedipus; all eyes were fixed On Oedipus, as up and down he strode, Nor could we mark her agony to the end”. Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Write a note on the different facets of war that is highlighted in the Iliad. 2. Does Oedipus Rex resonate with us even today? Discuss. 3. Does Euclio get integrated into society at the end of the Pot of Gold? Comment. 4. Examine the satire as a genre.
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