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Myth and the Ancient World

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 5
Module lead
Lena Wahlgren-Smith
Academic year

Module overview

What are myths and what do they do? In “Myth and the Ancient World” you will explore how the Ancient Greeks used myths to make sense of the world and their position in it. The module covers a time span of some 900 years, from the time of Homer and Hesiod to the late Hellenistic era. You will study a selection of well-known and less well-known myths from different perspectives; this may include themes such as home and identity, suffering and loss, male and female. You will be introduced to a range of written and non-written sources and learn to analyse them as evidence of their social, cultural, and political climate. All texts will be studied in an English translation.