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CL1002 Greek and Roman Mythology and Religion

What is myth? How do myths deal with fundamental human concerns about who we are and the world we live in? What is the relationship between myth and religion? Why did the Greeks and Romans worship many gods, believe in oracles, or perform animal sacrifice? This module is an introduction to the major myths and religions of the classical world using the full range of primary source material: literary, artistic and archaeological.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Christine Morris
  • Teaching Staff:
    • 2018–19: Dr Christine Morris, Dr Suzanne O’Neill
  • Duration:
    • All Year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 lectures and 9 seminars
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% continuous assessment (four written assignments)

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the main characters, stories and themes of classical myths
  • Discuss the major theories of myth in relation to the classical material
  • Build up a basic knowledge of the central religious beliefs and practices of the Greeks and Romans in their historical and cultural context
  • Acquire a knowledge of the primary sources for the study of myth and religion
  • Learn to use the different sources critically and to understand what kinds of questions and interpretations the evidence can support
  • Understand mythic ideas and religions on their own terms, and to avoid imposing our own beliefs and values on other cultures