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Literature 1B: The Classical and Christian Legacies in Literatures in English


Admission Requirements



This course is a general introduction to classical mythology and philosophy, to the Bible and (the history of) Christianity, and the various ways in which these have influenced or have been used by English-language writers in literary history from the Early Modern period up to the present day. Students are required to study a course book, and read selections from Ovid, Homer, Virgil and the Bible, as well as later literary texts used to exemplify the Nachleben of the classical and Christian legacies in literatures in English.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of key elements of the classical and Judaeo-Christian traditions, so that they are able to understand and analyze more fully literary texts from the Early Modern period to the present day.


The timetable will be available from July 1 onwards on the Department website.

Mode of Instruction

One hour lecture per week.


Written test.


This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (Penguin).

  • Isabel Rivers, Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry (Allen & Unwin).

  • The Authorized Version of the Bible (The “King James” version of 1611; Oxford World’s Classics).

  • Reader available at the ‘Studiepunt’ in the Lipsius Building.


Students can register through U-twist.

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Register for ‘À la Carte’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: