CLAS122-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Myth, Power and Identity in the Graeco-Roman World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


In this course students will consider how the Greeks and the Romans thought of themselves and others in their mythology and social power structures. Students will gain an understanding of ancient cosmic world-views, gender issues, colonisation and identity in Archaic and Classical Greece and Augustan Rome, and the relevance of such ideas now. Students will read, analyse and interpret ancient literary texts (selections from epic, tragedy, etc.) and material culture (art and architecture) that depict Greek and Roman myths as well as expressing ancient political and social views.

In this course students will consider how the Greeks and the Romans thought of themselves and others. While keeping their focus on particular historical times (Archaic and Classical Greece and Augustan Rome), students will also gain an understanding of gender issues, colonisation and identity in the ancient world and how ancient views affect us to this day. The main learning objective is to introduce students to reading, analysing and interpreting ancient literary texts and material culture expressing the myths that the Greek and the Romans told themselves, applied to politics and materialised through object production and architecture. This course also aspires to have students reflect on and engage with broad and informed perspectives on issues of gender, power, object making and story-telling in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

Become familiar with a number of ancient cultural and political phenomena from a variety of perspectives both ancient and modern

Be able to read, understand, analyse and interpret ancient sources (historical texts, literature and material culture) about Greek and Roman myth, culture and politics

Be introduced to ways in which the topics, concerns and images in Greek and Roman culture are depicted and manipulated in modern times and media

Be able to reflect on how one’s own society and community tell stories and how they influence the perception of other peoples, places, and events

Become familiar with basic reference works relevant to the discipline of Classics

University Graduate Attributes

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Meremere 526
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 443
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
04 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 528
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
05 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 244
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
06 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 413
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Alison Griffith


Patrick O'Sullivan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 30% 6 short answer quizzes designed to reinforce the importance of key myths and contextual factors
Tutorial participation 10% In-class discussion based on hands-on analysis of primary sources
2 Written assignments 40% The key emphasis is on ancient source material and/or modern reinterpretations and/or scholarship Assignments 1,000-1,500 words each
Test 20% This will be based on primary materials and questions about the impact of the source for our understanding of people, places and power in the Graeco-Roman world

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All CLAS122 Occurrences

  • CLAS122-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • CLAS122-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)