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CLAS330 Special Topic: Tales of Troy: from Homer to Hollywood

Examines the legend of the Trojan War from a variety of perspectives, analysing the archaeological and historical evidence, the poems of Homer, and Troy’s reception in modern culture.

Tales of Troy abounded in a variety of media throughout the Greek and Roman worlds, and they continued to be retold in literary and artistic forms from the end of the Classical period through to the present day. In this paper we consider the archaeological evidence for that famous war, the poetic and historic versions of the tale as told by Homer and others, the story of the returns, including Odysseus', and some of the numerous ways in which artists in various media have engaged with events from Trojan War from late 6th century B.C.E. until the present day.

Paper title Special Topic: Tales of Troy: from Homer to Hollywood
Paper code CLAS330
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Dr Arlene Allan
Lecturers: Dr Arlene Allan, Dr Sean McConnell, Dr Dan Osland, Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre, Associate Professor Pat Wheatley
Paper Structure
Five modules of five lectures each, each offering different perspectives on the historicity and influence of the story of Troy from antiquity up to modern times.
Internal Assessment 60%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures weekly
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the cultural influences prior to, during and immediately after the composition of the Homeric poems;
  • a familiarity with the various types of literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic sources for the Trojan War,
as well as the ability to
  • critically evaluate these sources;
  • evaluate and critique scholarly interpretations, debates, and schools of thought on the Troy story and its importance to Western culture;
  • improve skills in effective written communication, including the construction of clear and logical scholarly argumentation.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41