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Unit Overview


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.

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
  • Level 1 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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)
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