Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides


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 drama (Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, Ovid, Seneca). Near Eastern parallels such as the Epic of Gilgamesh will be also examined. In addition, we shall explore the theoretical tools of studying myth including the ritual school, functionalism, post-structuralism and phenomenology. All texts will be studied in translation.


  1. Become familiar with the myths of the Greeks and the Romans
  2. Study the literary genres in which myths they were written and their conventions
  3. Study the theoretical approaches to mythology and their application in Classical Studies
  4. Examine the reception of Classical myth and its literary tradition within antiquity
  5. Examine the reception of Classical myth in the discipline of classical studies
  6. Study the socio-political aspects of using myths
  7. Develop critical thinking and particular research skills to investigate the primary and secondary sources with regard to the above.


Literature Review(1000 words): 20%
Essay(2500 words): 35%
2 x Class tests(equivalent 1000 words): 35%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Contact hours

One x 90 minute lecture and one x 1 hour tutorial per week

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