Greek Mythology (CLA3010)
|Staff||Professor Richard Seaford - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||The successful completion of at least 90 credits at Level 2, 30 credits of which must be in Classics & Ancient History.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module explores the main themes, story-patterns, and sources of Greek mythology. It examines a range of current theoretical approaches to myth and provides the basis for interpretative analysis of Greek myth. It considers the role of Greek myth in Greek culture and compares this with the role of myth in modern culture.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Students will gain an understanding of the lasting appeal of Greek mythology.
- 2. By immersion in the ancient verbal and visual expressions of myth they will find a critical perspective on the limitations of modern mass-media culture.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Students will acquire an informed and independent understanding of the relationship between narrative and social and psychological processes.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. Students will develop the skills of problem-solving, critical analysis, the oral and written presentation of a case, and the ability to think imaginatively and rationally.
Term 1: One introductory session, five two-hour sessions on theories of myth, four student-led two hour sessions on specific myths.
Term 2: Ten two-hour sessions on themes in myth; revision and exam practice.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||Class (1x2hr per week)|
|Guided independent study||256||Private study|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay 1||20||2000 word||1-4||mark and written comments|
|Essay 2||20||2000 word||1-4||mark and written comments|
|Oral presentation||10||1-4||mark and written comments|
|Exam||50||3 hour||1-4||mark and written comments|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
J. Bremmer (ed.), Interpretations of Greek Mythology (1998)
Clay, J.S. Hesiod's Cosmos (Cambridge 2003)
K. Dowden, The Uses of Greek Mythology (1992)
L. Edmunds (ed.), Approaches to Greek Myth (1990)
F. Graf, Greek Mythology: an introduction (1993)
M. Morford and R. Lenardon, Classical Mythology (5th edition, 1995)
J-P. Vernant, Myth and Thought Among the Greeks (London 1983).
J-P. Vernant, Myth and Society in Ancient Greece (Sussex 1980).
The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology. ed R.D Woodard (2007)
Apollodorus, the Library of Greek Mythology (translated by Robin Hard) World's Classics (1997)
Hesiod, Theogony; and Works and Days verses 1-201 (Oxford paperback; translation by M.L. West)
The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Penguin Plutarch, Life of Theseus (Penguin)
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound (Chicago edition)
Euripides Bacchae (Cambridge)
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Classics, Greek, Mythology, Literature