MPhil Text Seminar

The MPhil students meet as a ‘Seminar’ once a week throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, to discuss a wide range of important texts. They meet as a ‘Symposium’ once a week in the Easter Term, to discuss papers given by two or three students on their own research. Timetable information (days, times, rooms etc) can be found on the termly timetable (here) or on the annual lecture list (here). The schedule for the current term is as follows.


Michaelmas 2013

Week 1:     Introduction to the MPhil course: the Review of Scholarship; the text-seminar
Week 2:     IT-resources for ASNC; bibliography and style sheets
Week 3:     The Bible (the Psalms) (any translation)
Week 4:     Virgil, The Aeneid (any translation)
Week 5:     Eusebius, The History of the Church (Penguin Classics) and The Life of Constantine (any translation)
Week 6:     Life of St Antony the Hermit and Sulpicius Severus, Life of St Martin in Early Christian Lives (Penguin Classics)
Week 7:     Einhard, Life of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics) and Suetonius, Life of Augustus (Penguin Classics)
Week 8:     Beowulf (any translation)


Lent 2014

Week 0 [15 Jan]:     Bede, Ecclesiastical History including ‘Letter to Ecgberht’(Oxford World’s Classics)
Week 1:      Snorri Sturluson, Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning (Everyman)
Week 2:     Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (Penguin Classics)
Week 3:      Hrafnkels saga in The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin Classics)
Week 4:      Asser’s Life of Alfred in Alfred the Great (Penguin Classics)
Week 5:      Four Branches of the Mabinogi, translations in The Mabinogion, by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, or by Jeffrey Gantz
Week 6:      Táin Bó Cúailnge (free translation by Thomas Kinsella or closer translations in the editions by Cecile O’Rahilly)
Week 7:      Adomnán, Life of St Columba, translation by Richard Sharpe (Penguin) or in the edition by A. O. and M. O. Anderson