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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.
'Myths are central to how societies make sense of the world and construct identities for themselves and others; and the myths of the Greeks and Romans are among the greatest and most influential of all time, resonating now more than 2,000 years since they were first told. In this course students will consider how the Greeks and the Romans thought of themselves and others in their mythology and social power structures, and will also consider the global relevance of such ideas now, including in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Pacific contexts. Students will read, analyse and interpret ancient literary texts (Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Greek tragedies, Vergil’s Aeneid, etc.) and material culture (art and architecture) depicting many of the most potent myths of the Greek and the Romans, that still speak to us powerfully today.
Become familiar with a number of ancient cultural and political phenomena from a variety of perspectives both ancient and modernBe able to read, understand, analyse and interpret ancient sources (historical texts, literature and material culture) about Greek and Roman myth, culture and politicsBe introduced to ways in which the topics, concerns and images in Greek and Roman culture are depicted and manipulated in modern times and mediaBe able to reflect on how one’s own society and community tell stories and how they influence the perception of other peoples, places, and eventsBecome familiar with basic reference works relevant to the discipline of Classics
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* 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.
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