Ancient Myth - Modern Theory

Level 6 (15 credits)

"We are all Greeks." (Shelley, Hellas) The myths of ancient Greece have long fascinated and perplexed scholars and intellectuals. In this module we shall examine some of those myths, and their influence on the Western intellectual tradition. The module aims to familiarise students with a number of theories to which they have given rise. Students will be encouraged to examine and critique these interpretations. "We are much less Greek than we believe." (Foucault, Discipline and Punish).

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take
Ancient Myth - Modern Theory

  • become familiar with, examine and discuss a number of foundational ancient Greek myths and texts which have fascinated thinkers since antiquity
  • explore the influence of Greek myth on the Western intellectual tradition and the consequence and significance of this
  • discuss and understand of several key thinkers and their theories and their relationship to Greek myth and the western intellectual tradition
Learning Context Lecture + Seminar
Semester One
  1. Close-reading Exercise (1500 words), 40%
  2. Essay (2500 words), 60%
Mode of reassessment Standard