Lecturer: Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Myths provided the foundation blocks for Greek culture; but what are myths? And what do they mean? This paper discusses the various methods for interpreting myth, using the myths to explore the character and function of the gods. The topics range from the creation of the cosmos, the origin of men and women, to the deeds of heroes such as Heracles, Theseus, and Odysseus.
A study of the myths of ancient Greece with particular reference to the origins and nature of gods and heroes.
This paper offers students a broad overview of Greek mythology, its role in the development of Greek society and the various methods used for its interpretation. It explores the various ways in which the Greeks presented and discussed their gods, origins and the deeds of heroes such as Theseus, Heracles and Perseus. Students will also examine how Greek mythology relates to other traditions and will address questions of identity, power and the ways in which particular communities used myth to explain the world and justify their own position within it.
|Paper title||Greek Mythology|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for students of all academic backgrounds.
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
- Paper Structure
Two 50-minute lectures per week with bi-weekly tutorials, which focus on in-depth study of particular narratives, types of sources and theoretical approaches.
Internal Assessment 60%
- S.M. Trzaskoma, R.S. Smith, S. Brunet. Anthology of Classical Myth. Primary Sources in Translation, 2nd edition (Hackett Publishing 2016)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy,
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- Learning Outcomes
- A knowledge of the gods and heroes of the Greeks and their mythic narratives
- An ability to contextualise Greek mythological figures and narratives within their broader cultural background and using various theoretical frameworks
- The skills to engage with and critically assess various types of ancient sources, including literary and artistic materials