1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Topic description

This topic will introduce students to Greek Myths concerning the life and deeds of gods and heroes, as well as the circle of life for mortals. Furthermore, key themes and issues of Greek Mythology which have influenced the European Literature and Thought will be identified and explored. The topic aims to show the relevance of key themes in myth to the culture in which these myths arose, by investigating their roles in the religious, political and social life of the ancient Greek world. It is based upon Greek texts in translation as well as English literary texts.

Educational aims

The topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to Greek Mythology
  • Identify and explore themes and issues of Greek Mythology which have influenced the European literature and Thought
  • Encourage students to develop critical skills through cross-cultural approaches
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Recognise, understand, compare and contrast aspects of Greek Mythology
  2. Identify and organise research material and produce texts
  3. Present, discuss and debate issues studied in class

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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