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Greek Myth and Epic

Key Information

Module code
ISSU0006
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Antony Makrinos
Pre-requisites
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (30%), Essay (70%)
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Module overview

The Greek myths of gods, heroes and heroines have played a crucial role in the history of Western art, literature and music. This module aims to familiarise students with the major figures in Greek myth, the stories associated with them, and the culture which produced them. It will ask why myths occur in the first place, what social or psychological function(s) or needs they fulfil, and how they manage to influence our modern lives.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have received an introduction to the methodology and terminology of studies in Classics
  • Be familiar with the major figures and the most significant mythological cycles in Greek myth, the stories associated with them, and the culture which produced them
  • Have gained knowledge about how classical texts have been appropriated by ancient and modern cultures
  • Have developed their independent research and critical thinking skills in the field of Classics, relating to Greek Myth; through different literary theories and in various modes of representation
  • Have engaged with interactive ways in which they can reflect on the ancient world and its reception.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • 10-minute presentation (30%)
  • 3,000-word essay (70%)

Module leader

Dr Antony Makrinos received his PhD in Classics from UCL, in 2004. He is a research and teaching fellow at UCL and has previously been a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary College and King’s College. His interests include scholarship in Byzantium (especially reception of the Iliad and the Odyssey, with emphasis on allegorical interpretation), Homer, and modern receptions of the Homeric epics. He is currently working on Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey (book 1).

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