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AHIS1211 – Greek Heroes and Heroines: From Achilles to Zorba

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Ian Plant
By Appointment
Convenor
Patricia Koromvokis
By Appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
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Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

In this unit students will study Greek heroes and heroines from antiquity to the present day. They will examine the concept of heroism from its ancient genesis in Greek mythology through to its use in the creation of modern literary and cultural heroes. They will analyse the hero in ancient epic, Classical Greek drama, art and religion, then investigate changing perceptions of heroism in Hellenistic and Byzantine times, including the Christian re-evaluation of heroism, before proceeding to identify and interpret modern ideas of heroism. Students will discover that the concept of the hero is a cultural construct and by studying heroes and heroines across time they will understand something about the cultures in which they were created or recreated.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate your historical knowledge about personalities, events, time periods, and issues (ideologies, philosophies, traditions) related to the study of Greek heroes and heroines.
  • ULO2: Interpret the cultural significance of Greek heroes and heroines within the larger context of contemporary Greek society and our society.
  • ULO3: Utilize effective research methods and tools in acquiring your knowledge and for constructing your evidence-based arguments.
  • ULO4: Communicate critical and reflective judgements effectively with teaching staff and peers.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Unit Schedule

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Date

Lecturer

Lecture Topic

Lectures Are Pre-recorded

Tutorial

Assessment

 

Week 1:

 

Lecturer: Dr Susan Lupack

 

Examining Heroes and Heroines

 

 

Tutorial 1 [Introductory Tutorial]

 

 

 

Week 2:

 

Lecturer: Dr Ian Plant

 

Homeric Heroes: Achilles and Odysseus

 

 

Tutorial 2

 

 

Week 3:

 

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

 

 

Greek Heroines in Drama: Iphigenia and Antigone

 

 

Tutorial 3

 

 

Week 4:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Susan Lupack

 

 

Polis Heroes: Menelaus and Helen; Agamemnon; Theseus and Amazons

 

 

Tutorial 4

 

 

 

Week 5:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Susan Lupack

 

 

Socrates as Hero

 

Tutorial 5

 

Week 6:

 

Lecturer: Prof. Ian Worthington

 

Alexander the Great

 

Tutorial 6

 

 

Week 7:

 

 

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Emeritus Tom Hillard

 

Hellenistic Queens: Berenice II and Cleopatra VII

 

 

No Tutorials

 

Tutorial Paper

due Friday

Recess:

TWO WEEKS

 

No lectures

 

No topics

 

 

No tutorials

 

 

Week 8:

 

Lecturer: Dr Caillan Davenport

 

Greek Heroes under Roman Rule: The Greek Sophists and Antinous

 

 

Tutorial 7

 

 

Week 9:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Meaghan McEvoy

 

Early Christian Martyrs; Justinian

and Theodora

 

 

Tutorial 8

 

 

Week 10:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos

 

 

Digenes Akrites and  Erotokritos

 

 

Tutorial 9

 

 

Week 11:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos

 

Lord Byron and Laskarina Bouboulina

 

 

Tutorial 10

 

 

Week 12:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos

 

Maria Callas and Melina Merkouri

 

 

Tutorial 11

Participation reflection due Friday

 

Week 13:

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos

 

 

Zorba the Greek

 

 

No tutorials

 

Research Essay

due Friday

 

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