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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Greek Mythology
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Suitable for students of all academic backgrounds.
    Teaching staff

    Lecturer: Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre

    Paper Structure

    Two 50-minute lectures per week with fortnightly tutorials, which focus on in-depth study of particular narratives, types of sources and theoretical approaches.

    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, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    • 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A2 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A3 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A4 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A5 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A6 Thursday 10:00-10:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A7 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
    A8 Thursday 15:00-15:50 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42
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