Gods, Heroines and Heroes in Greek Myth - ARTS2542

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

Excluded: GENT0404

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Greek Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisation: European Studies

The Greek myths have had a profound and lasting influence on our culture. Because they comment on the universal aspects of the human condition, they continue to be a major source of inspiration for contemporary philosophers, visual artists, writers and film-makers. An understanding of this influence greatly enhances our appreciation of modern culture. The course offers an introduction to the creation myths, to the stories of the gods and their interaction with humans, and to the great mythical cycles - Oedipus, the Trojan War, Orpheus. The myths will be discussed in terms of stories of families and family groups. Reference will be made to modern works incorporating new versions of the stories.
In addition, students will study 'The Odyssey', which has been a significant piece of literature with interesting historical references and an ongoing influence on the whole of western culture.


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