Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. The subject commences with a detailed treatment of Homer's Iliad and the myth of the Trojan war. This is one of the dominant myths in the Greek tradition and is narrated in some detail in epic poetry, in drama, and in art and architecture. We explore how myths are 'read' in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars of the 5th Century BC. A variety of sources are treated to enable students to build up a picture of Greek society as a whole. Texts are read in translation and students are encouraged to consider certain questions of method, (for example, historical versus literary evidence) in dealing with the study of a culture removed in time and nature from our own.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures; tutorial preparation and discussion; online learning activities; all assessment tasks

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsANG1AMC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. An engagement with, and understanding of, the history, literature and culture of a different society (ancient Greece)
02. To research, identify, and distinguish between primary sources (both textual and material and secondary sources (modern lines of interpretation and argument)
03. To evaluate primary and secondary sources and develop methodologies in using both in historical enquiry
04. To work effectively in a team and improve oral communication skills
05. To research and produce written work deploying both primary and secondary sources, and including an appropriate specialised bibliography
06. To develop writing skills, including the use of academic referencing and bibliographic apparatus.
07. To develop skills in visual analysis of material culture

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One essay (1,500-word equivalent) In-depth source analysis; formative assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

One essay (2,000-word equivalent) Broader research essay; summative assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

One in-class test (500-word equivalent) End of subject short exam (visual slide test); summative assessment

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO6, SILO7