• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Greta Hawes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessment

1,500 word tutorial paper (25%), 500 word comparison exercise (15%), 2,000 word essay (30%), test (20%) and tutorial participation (10%).

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Workload

Two hours of lectures per week for 12 weeks and one tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CLAS2002 or CLAS6002.

Prescribed Texts

Homer, 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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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

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

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