• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Art History, Classics and Ancient History, History, European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Estelle Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course explores the vibrant world of Greco-Roman myth and its relationship to ancient literature, history, culture, and art. It covers some of the foundational stories of the ancient world from Hesiod's origins of the universe, the epics of Homer and the Homeric Hymns, through the myths of the Athenian stage, to the traditions of early Rome. It examines the contexts in which these stories were told in antiquity, and how they could be manipulated to suit new uses and captivate new audiences. Students will engage with literary versions and visual representations of myths; study the role of myth in history, religion, and politics; analyse Greco-Roman myths in comparison to those of other cultures; and explore the enduring popularity of this material in more recent times, both in cultural expressions and in the theoretical approaches to myth developed by modern scholars.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. display knowledge of some of the most prominent stories from the Greco-Roman tradition;
  2. demonstrate familiarity with a range of ancient literary and iconographical sources for classical myth;
  3. analyse how different literary and material contexts influenced the variety of classical myth; and
  4. discuss critically how storytelling and approaches to myth are products of specific cultural contexts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Source Analysis (800 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Exam (2 hours) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

None. Readings to be made available on Wattle or through the library.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3616 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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