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:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Display knowledge of some of the most prominent of stories from the Greco-Roman tradition.
- Demonstrate familiarity with a limited range of ancient literary and iconographical sources for Greek and Roman myth.
- Analyse how different literary and material contexts influenced the variety of Greek and Roman myth.
- Discuss critically how storytelling and approaches to myth are products of specific cultural contexts.
1,500 word tutorial paper (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
500 word comparison exercise (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
2,000 word essay (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
45-minute test (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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