This course explores the vibrant world of Greco-Roman myth and its relationship to ancient literature, culture, and art. It covers the some of the foundational myths of the ancient world from the origins of the universe through the rise of the Olympians, the Theban and Trojan cycles, to the traditions of early Rome. It examines the contexts in which these stories were told in antiquity, and the ways in which they could be manipulated to suit new uses. Students will engage with literary versions and visual representations of myths, study the role of myth in history, philosophy, and religion, and explore the enduring popularity of this material in more recent times. While the primary focus is on the classical sources and contexts, the various interests and disciplinary backgrounds that members of the class may bring to the subject will be integral to the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of semester students will have learned to:
- identify the elements of a myth and the different methodologies and approaches to classical mythology;
- speak with some authority on the myths under study;
- think critically and analytically about the cultural problems and issues illustrated by myths;
- write more effectively and critically.
Indicative Assessment1,500 word tutorial paper (25%), 500 word comparison exercise (15%), 2,000 word essay (30%), test (20%) and tutorial participation (10%).
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WorkloadTwo hours of lectures per week for 12 weeks and one tutorial per week for 12 weeks
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsHomer, Iliad and Odyssey (tr Lattimore);Aeschylus, Oresteia,(tr Lattimore); Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus and Seneca, Oedipus (Ahl, Two Faces of Oedipus);Ovid, Metamorphoses,(tr Humphries); and a brick (which includes Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Euripides).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9747||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|