The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Recognise common themes and patterns in various myths and legends

3. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate accurate and effective communication of the knowledge and understanding acquired.


Definitions of myth: creation myths (comparisons)The Pre-OlympiansThe Greek PantheonThe myth of Prometheus and PandoraDionysusThe concept of the hero: HeraclesThe concept of the warrior-woman: the Amazons and AthenaThe UnderworldRoman Foundation Mythology: Aeneas and RomulusModern 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