Greek and Roman Mythology


Aims to provide students with an understanding of the myths and legends of the Greek and Roman civilisations. The course focuses on definitions of myth, at its most simple level as a story, as well as what it reveals of Greek and Roman society, religion, beliefs and values and the relevance of Greco-Roman myth for modern thought.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. A sound knowledge and understanding of both Greek and Roman mythology and its context

2. Recognition of common themes and patterns in various myths and legends

3. A critical understanding of similarities and differences in myth cycles from various cultures, and of the main modern theories of the nature of myth.

4. Skills in using and evaluating ancient source material for gaining information, as well as using modern studies in conjunction with the ancient sources to establish, develop and support interpretations of myth.

5. The accurate and effective communication of the knowledge and understanding acquired.


Definitions of myth: creation myths (comparisons)

The Pre-Olympians

The Greek Pantheon

The myth of Prometheus and Pandora


The concept of the hero: Heracles

The concept of the warrior-woman: the Amazons and Athena

The Underworld

Roman Foundation Mythology: Aeneas and Romulus

Modern approaches to myth

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

Essay: Major essay project

In Term Test: Take-home test

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks