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An introduction to Roman myths and the mythology of "Empire" and the way these are disseminated (or subverted) in literature and art. Topics include legendary figures (eg Aeneas and Romulus) as well as historical figures of legendary status (eg Spartacus, Cleopatra and Nero).
This course focuses on the generation of myths among the ancient Romans and how they were constructed and represented in their literature, architecture, rituals and art. Themes include: the role of myth in the formation of Roman identity and culture; the use of mythical heroes and heroic women as examples of social values and models; the connection between mythical enemies and historical figures. In order to solidify our analyses of ancient materials, we will also consider Maori concepts and myths for comparative purposes and the contribution of the Hollywood movie industry to the continuation and recreation of Roman myths in modern times.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Alison B Griffith
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.