• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Gender Studies, Literature

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. The main focus will be on research and developing original arguments that take into account current scholarship in Greco-Roman myth.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critique the major myths of the Greco-Roman tradition.
  2. Compare and evaluate the major literary, artistic, and social contexts for ancient myth-telling and how these influenced the form of ancient narratives.
  3. Appraise ancient and modern approaches to the meaning and function of myths.
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in close reading, and in academic argumentation, written and oral communication.  

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial discussion leader (20 minutes) 10%

Tutorial paper (1500 words) 15% (LO 1, 2, 4)

Comparison exercise (1000 words) 15% (LO 1, 3, 4)

Essay (2500 words) 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Final exam (3 hours held in formal exam period) 30% (LO 1, 2, 3)

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One 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CLAS1003 or CLAS2002.

Prescribed Texts

Morford, M., Lenardon, R. and Sham, M. (eds.) 2011. Classical Mythology. Oxford.

Preliminary Reading

Homer, Iliad, Odyssey (translation Lattimore); Hesiod, Theogony (translation Athanassakis); Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus (translation Ahl); Ovid, Metamorphoses (translation Mandelbaum).



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9748 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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