Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Ancient Greek myths have had a huge impact on history, religion, language and art, and these myths have continued to be important to contemporary understandings as well. This course will explore the origins and meanings of Greek myths and the insights they have provided to both classical and contemporary societies


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify key aspects of Greek mythology.

2. Recognise common themes and patterns in various myths.

3. Display a critical understanding of how myths may be used by societies in different periods.

4. Evaluate and communicate modern interpretations of Greek myths.


The course will  address the following content:

  • sources of myth;
  • creation myths;
  • myths concerning pre-Olympians (e.g. Prometheus and Pandora);
  • Greek pantheon;
  • myths of Dionysus;
  • the concept of the hero (e.g. Theseus, Heracles);
  •  the female warrior (e.g. Athene; Amazons); and
  •  Classical and contemporary interpretations of myths.


Assumed knowledge

AHIS1000 or other Ancient History or History courses at 1000 level

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises (10%)

Project: Analysis of an artefact for a museum exhibition environment (20%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Source analysis exercise (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

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