Classical Mythology: Themes and Approaches to Ancient Greek - CL366

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR E Boutsikas

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This module provides a general introduction to myth in the ancient world. Scholarship on approaches to mythology will inform the analysis of myth in its ancient setting. The curriculum will be designed to introduce students to a working repertoire of a large span of ancient (e.g. Greek) mythology and to its meanings and functions within its original context. A selection of case-study myths (represented in literature and/or iconography) will be used to examine the potential meanings and social functions of myth in general.

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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (1,000 words) – 30%
Assignment 2 (1,500 words) – 70%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Anderson, G. (2000). Fairytale in the Ancient World. London: Routledge.
Bremmer, J.N. (1990). Interpretations of Greek Mythology. London: Routledge.
Dowden, K. (1992). The Uses of Greek Mythology. London: Routledge.
Hard, R. (2000). The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology. London: Routledge.
Morford, M.P.O. and Lenardon, R.J. (2003). Classical Mythology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of myth and an understanding of its importance in the ancient world;
Critically evaluate the function of myth in antiquity;
Employ academic skills fundamental to their future learning – including the evaluation of myth and the evaluation of modern scholarship;
Understand the opportunities offered by the polysemic nature of myth and the challenges involved in the analysis of it;
Demonstrate an ability to thinking critically and communicating about mythology and its functions.

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