Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Transforming the Past asks the question: how are ancient Greece and Rome being reimagined by modern societies? Classical antiquity was always in a process of transformation, constantly rediscovering and recreating its own histories, mythologies, material culture and literature through a contemporary lens. Antiquity has been recreated multiple times, from the rebirth of the Renaissance, to the strategic use of the Roman past by Mussolini's fascist regime, and the reappearance of Homer's Odyssey in the Assassin's Creed video game. The ancient world appears now in a variety of media, such as film, television, art, virtual reality, YouTube videos and podcasts. In this subject, you will discuss how antiquity has been transformed and how it is now understood by a 21st century general public. You will also use tools such as mapping technologies and video production to create innovative and engaging analyses of how the past is recreated, and to what end, in the present.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOral and multimedia presentation; peer feedback; seminar discussion; short written reports, Research project development

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesFirst to enrol

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically reflect upon and articulate the dynamics of change by examining how ancient societies are represented and remodelled for 21st century audiences via recent technologies.
02. Communicate your understanding of modern receptions of the ancient past through writing, speaking and group presentation.
03. Generate new ideas about modern perceptions of the past using technologies to create your own digital models.
04. Analyse the past reuse of antiquity in order to design new interpretations of antiquity and transmit your analysis concisely and clearly.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Short written reports(1600 words) Two reports analysing specific transformations of the past

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Research project (2400 words) Design a digital model to analyse the transformation of the past

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4