Greek and Roman Mythology

Course code AHIS3550Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs 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.
ContentDefinitions 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
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne tutorial paper or equivalent task, 30% ca. 1,000 words.
The tutorial paper is a research and writing task which examines a set question, using ancient literary sources where appropriate and comparative examples. Class discussion is another important aspect, which encourages students to share findings and ideas and improve oral communication.
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne major essay project or equivalent task, 40% ca. 2,000 words.
This is an individual research and writing assignment on a choice of topics.
Examination: Take HomeOne Take-home test, 30% ca. 1,000 words.
The test will consist of short answer questions and passages from ancient sources for discussion.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks