CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

MDS2CLM

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we explore Greek and Roman mythology, with particular reference to some core narratives and themes. Greek mythology is very focused around hero myths, and this is a central aspect of our study. Heroes studied in the subject include Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Bellerophon and Odysseus. We also examine some key thematic elements of Classical mythology- the figure of the monster, the sexual conduct of gods and mortals, conception and birth, fire, images of the underworld and life after death. The adaption of Greek myth in Italy (Etruscan and Roman) to meet the needs of different cultures will be explored. Sources dealt with in the subject include epic poetry, drama, painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural remains. We conclude the subject with some modern cinematic adaptations of mythic themes from the ancient world.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLeanne McNamara

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS3CLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCourse ReaderPrescribedNSNA
ReadingsOdysseyPrescribedHomer trans FitzgeraldFarrar, Strauss, Girous
ReadingsMetamorphosesPrescribedOvid trans RaeburnPenguin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assimilate arguments by ancient historians and art historians in relation to visual materials, placing the arguments and the sources in their contexts.

Activities:
In-class discussion, use of visual sources as references and use in assessment as relevant to essay topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

02. Teamwork, combined with writing and/or speaking.

Activities:
Sub-group classroom discussion; students will be encouraged to work together in class in pairs/groups to solve a range of problems and to communicate with other groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Speaking

03. To identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on aspects of classical mythology. Continue to develop skills in distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, using both in historical inquiry.

Activities:
All essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

04. To speak with confidence about an aspect of classical mythology.

Activities:
Sub-group discussion in class where students ask questions and respond to each other.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork
Speaking
Critical Thinking

05. Write correctly referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about a classical myth, including a bibliography.

Activities:
All essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing

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