Greek and Roman Mythology
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
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.
As a result of participating in this course, students should develop:
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 Greek Pantheon
The myth of Prometheus and Pandora
The concept of the hero: Heracles
The concept of the warrior-woman: the Amazons and Athena
Roman Foundation Mythology: Aeneas and Romulus
Modern approaches to myth
20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks