CLAN1001 Myths of the Greeks and Romans: Story, History and Reinvention

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Greek myth, adopted by the Romans, dominated classical literature, art and religion, providing the basis of a cultural unity which spread across continents and millennia and still continues to provide a shared intellectual background around the globe. This unit begins from early creation myths and examines the development of Greek and Roman myth in this literature and art, exploring the development of many famous myths such as those of the Golden Fleece and of the Trojan war. Various modern attempts to explain myth are examined including the complicated relationship between myth and history: how far can we use the former to reconstruct the latter? Finally, the unit looks at some of the rich history of classical myth's reception by later ages and cultures, including our own, and its continuing influence on our cultural landscape.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the important details of the major myths of Greece and Rome; (2) acquire an understanding of the approaches to the relationship between myth and history; (3) demonstrate basic source criticism of the ancient literary and artistic representations of myth; (4) be aware of some later reuses of myths; and (5) develop imaginative appreciation of myth through modern technological means.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) web quizzes; (2) a digital project; and (3) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Neil O'Sullivan
Unit rules
CLAH1111 Myth: from Creation to Death
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (over 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 8 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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