The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Examines the representation of women in Greek and Roman literature. Topics will include the portrayal of mythical and legendary women as well as historical personages. Some attention will be given to visual representation as well.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3600. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3600 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2600.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the literary representation of female figures (mythical, legendary and historical) in the works of Greek and Roman writers.

2. Demonstrate an appreciation of this tradition and its evolution by a focus on individual writers; social and cultural specificities; gender issues related to authorship; related modern criticism (including feminist critique) of the given areas.

3. Understand and promote linkages and influences on later literary and cultural environments.


The course will begin with an examination of female figures in the earliest extant literature of the ancient world, the epics of Homer, and will proceed to examine later works such as Hesiod's Theogony, which mark the beginning of the more negative representation of women in the Greek literary tradition. After an examination of the Greek world, students will be introduced to Roman writers such as the early comic playwrights, Plautus and Terence, through to the late republican and early imperial writers such as Catullus and Ovid. Attention will be given to what remains of female authors such as Sappho and Sulpicia.


This course replaces AHIS3600. If you have successfully completed AHIS3600 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of either Ancient History and Classical Languages at First Year Level and/or English or History.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal

Essay: Minor Essay

Quiz: Online Quiz