Examines mythic figures from a psychological perspective and their role as models for positive and negative social relationships.
Graeco-Roman myth is full of sinister themes, tragic choices and reprehensible actions. Oedipus killed his father and married his mother; Atreus fed his own sons to Thyestes; and Romulus slew his brother Remus to found Rome. This paper explores the darker side of Graeco-Roman myth through some of the great literary works written by Virgil, Ovid and Seneca.
|Paper title||Fantasies, Phobias and Families in Graeco-Roman Myth|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
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- (18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points) or 54 points
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Sean McConnell
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers the following mythological topics and figures from a psychological
- Foundation myths
- Plato's Myth of Atlantis
- Teaching Arrangements
- 24 lectures, 6 tutorials.
Virgil, Aeneid (trans. C. Day Lewis). Oxford World's Classics, 1998.
Ovid, Metamorphoses (trans. David Raeburn). Penguin, 2004.
Seneca, Six Tragedies (trans. Emily Wilson). Oxford World's Classics, 2010.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have:
- A knowledge and understanding of selected mythic narratives
- An understanding of gender dynamics as represented in myth
- An understanding of the construction of gender stereotyping
- An understanding of family dynamics as represented in myth
- A knowledge and understanding of the psychological and social function of mythic narratives