CLASSICS 110G Classical Mythology through Tragedy

CLASSICS 110G | B&E, EDUSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2017 | City Campus | 15 points


This course studies the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome and its use in tragedies by playwrights such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We will emphasise how the study of myth helps us to develop an understanding of the values of the society that produced it.

Learning outcomes

First and foremost, students who pass this course will have developed an understanding of how myth functions in society, and will understand how a story can be shaped according to genre expectations.

Students will also be able to analyse a literary text, respond appropriately to secondary literature, and write a competent, well-structured academic essay.

Topics covered

  • The characteristics of ancient Greek gods and heroes
  • The characteristics of ancient Greek tragedy and the tragic world view
  • Analysis of five Greek tragedies selected to exemplify these


Coursework (40%)
Examination (60%)

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