Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will read and interpret ancient Greek and Roman mythology. You will learn about Greek mythology, focusing on the Olympian gods and heroes, including Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Bellerophon and Odysseus. As you work our way through the classical myths you will encounter thematic elements of classical mythology such as the figure of the monster, the sexual conduct of gods and mortals, conception and birth, fire, images of the underworld, and life after death. Building on the foundations of Greek mythology, you will then turn to its adaptation in Italy by the Etruscans and Romans. You will learn to question the notion of 'copying' and, instead, look at how these adaptations were made to meet the needs of the different Italian cultures. In this subject you will read epic poetry, Homeric Hymns and drama (plays), as well as material remains including painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural monuments. The subject concludes with an examination of modern responses to classical myth, including heroes and superheroes, in order to demonstrate the continued power of classical mythological narratives.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning Activities In-class discussion, in-class assessment and essay writing.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsCAH3CLM OR MDS3CLM OR MDS2CLM

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. Contextualise literary and material primary source evidence and interpret it using disciplinary scholarship from Classics and Ancient History.
02. Develop enhanced collaborative problem solving abilities through in-class analysis of primary and secondary sources.
03. Write with authority about aspects of classical mythology.
04. Reference ancient sources and scholarly sources correctly within the context of a well-evidenced research essay.
05. Understand ancient Greek and Roman mythology and how they are connected to each other.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1500-word reflective essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

2000-word research essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

500-word quiz

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3