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CLA1010 - Classical Mythology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Evangelina Anagnostou Laoutides


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines the nature of myth through the myths of Greece and Rome. It explores the way in which myths are adapted to reflect particular societies, ages and cultural forms. We will investigate myths of creation, gods, heroes and monsters in Greek and Roman epic and lyric poetry, drama, historical texts, art and even modern cinema. Students will be introduced to a number of Classical literary forms and the major scholarly approaches to the subject of myth. All texts will be studied in translation.


On completion of this subject students will have read all of the prescribed selection of authentic texts in translation and selected secondary texts/readings provided at the end of each seminar. Students will have gained and be able to demonstrate:

  1. A knowledge of the historical and cultural background to the prescribed texts, and a context-based understanding of them.
  2. A general knowledge and understanding of the themes and issues that are generated in the myths studied.
  3. A detailed knowledge and understanding of the evolution of myths in different social and cultural contexts.
  4. An ability to interpret and evaluate the primary sources.
  5. A critical understanding of the nature of myth.
  6. The ability to discriminate between evidence, interpretation, opinion and fact in evaluating secondary sources.


Tutorial paper (500 words): 10%
Essay (2000 words): 50%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week