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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
Patricia Koromvokis
By Appointment
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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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Lecture Topic

Lectures Are Pre-recorded




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




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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