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 2016

Week 1:     The Bible (the Psalms) (any translation)
Week 2:     Eusebius, The History of the Church (Penguin Classics) and The Life of Constantine (any translation)
Week 3:     Virgil, The Aeneid (any translation)
Week 4:     Q&A session on the the Review of Scholarship Essay
Week 5:     Life of St Anthony the Hermit and Sulpicius Severus, Life of St Martin in Early Christian Lives (Penguin Classics)
Week 6:     Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (any translation)
Week 7:     Suetonius, Life of Augustus (Penguin Classics) and Einhard, Life of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics)
Week 8:     Táin Bó Cúailnge (free translation by Thomas Kinsella or closer translations in the editions by Cecile O'Rahilly)


Lent 2017

Week 0 [18 Jan]:     Q&A session on the Take-home Essay on seminar texts
Week 1:      Beowulf (any translation)
Week 2:     Bede, Ecclesiastical History including 'Letter to Ecgberht' (Oxford World's Classics)
Week 3:      Four Branches of the Mabinogi, (Davies, World's Classics preferred)
Week 4:      Snorri Sturluson, Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning (Everyman)
Week 5:      Asser's Life of King Alfred in Alfred the Great (Penguin Classics)
Week 6:      Hrafnkels saga in the Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin Classics)
Week 7:      Adomnán, Life of St Columba, translation by Richard Sharpe (Penguin) or in the edition by A. O. and M. O. Anderson