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 lectureonly 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. It explores the functions of myth within society and the various theories of myth. The first half of the course will focus on themes such as the creation of myths in the wider context of Near Eastern mythology, the character of the Olympian gods, heroes and their monstrous opponents, divine-human relations, and the major mythic cycles of the Trojan war, and the Atreus and Theban sagas. The second half of the course will explore the nature of Greek and Roman religion in its social context. It considers key elements of ritual action: sacrifice, rites of passage, festivals, as well as the diverse ancient beliefs on death and the afterlife and the role of mystery religions. This lecture-only course will be illustrated.
Lecturer: Dr Suzanne O’Neill.
Date, Time, and Place
Day-time course: Time and venue to be confirmed. Please check our website in December www.histories-humanities.tcd. ie/shortcourses for updates text ‘INFO’ to 087 257 2015.
This lecture-only module comprises of one lecture per week over one term commencing in January 2023.
Please check our website https://www. histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses/ in August for updates on enrolment dates and term dates.
You may apply online or by phone as follows:
ONLINE: You may register and pay by credit/debit card online at http://www. histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses AFTER enrolments open for each term.
BY PHONE: You can apply by phone at 01 896 8589 or text 087 257 2015 and request a call back. Please note, due to the introduction of Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) for online transactions, it may not always be possible to accept payments over the phone. Please ensure that you have your banking app installed on your phone or are aware of other form of payment verification. If you are having difficulties, we are here to help. Please TEXT 087 257 2015 and you will receive a call back to help you through the booking process. Please also note that the phone will be very busy during the application period and staff continue to work from home some of the time so there may be a delay in replying to your call.
IN PERSON: We are delighted to welcome you back to in-person application with the addition of contactless card payment in room 3141 Arts Building. Dates and times of office opening for in-person payment will be announced on our website in August.