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AHIX1200 – Myth in the Ancient World

2021 – Session 3, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ray Laurence
Loren Demol
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Gain an understanding of Greek, Roman and Near-Eastern society and culture through the study of myth. You will begin with the earliest creation myths, explore myths of gods and goddesses, heroes, Amazons, and monsters, and examine the development of myth in both literature and art. The unit is largely based upon Greek and Latin texts in translation as well as the representation of myth in Greek and Roman art. Egyptian, Near-Eastern and biblical texts will also be studied. The unit focuses on the relevance of key themes in myth to the cultures in which the myths were retold, investigating the role of myth in the religious, political and social life of the classical world.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth and the content of select representative examples of myths from the ancient world.
  • ULO2: Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information about myth in the ancient world.
  • ULO3: Create clear, coherent, evidence-based exposition of knowledge and ideas about myth in the ancient world.
  • ULO4: Communicate critical and reflective judgements effectively with teaching staff and peers.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Analysis of a Myth 25% No 11:59pm 17/12/21
Essay 50% No 11:59pm 17/01/21
Quizzes 25% No 11:59pm 17/01/21

Analysis of a Myth

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 11:59pm 17/12/21
Weighting: 25%

A short written paper in which you analyse a myth: your word limit is 1000 words. Submit answers to the questions set through the Turnitin link in the unit's ilearn page. Further details on this task are on the unit's ilearn page.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth and the content of select representative examples of myths from the ancient world.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information about myth in the ancient world.
  • Create clear, coherent, evidence-based exposition of knowledge and ideas about myth in the ancient world.

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 11:59pm 17/01/21
Weighting: 50%

This is a longer written assessment task: your word limit is 2000 words. You will be given a choice of topics in the Essay section of the unit's iLearn site. Submit your essay through the Turnitin link in the unit's ilearn page. Further details on this task and how to complete it successfully are on the unit's ilearn page.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth and the content of select representative examples of myths from the ancient world.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information about myth in the ancient world.
  • Create clear, coherent, evidence-based exposition of knowledge and ideas about myth in the ancient world.
  • Communicate critical and reflective judgements effectively with teaching staff and peers.

Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 11:59pm 17/01/21
Weighting: 25%

These are short online quizzes on the material covered in the lectures and tutorials. Access to the quizzes is through links in the ilearn page.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth and the content of select representative examples of myths from the ancient world.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

1. Delivery mode: Online. 

2. Lectures: Lectures have been pre-recorded for this course. These lectures are available on the unit's website. There are notes to accompany each lecture: these and a list of topics are on the website too. You may set your own pace and listen to the recorded lectures at a time most convenient to you. There are no lectures to attend.

3, Tutorials: There are two tutorials for five weeks in the course. Your tutor and your classmates will discuss the tutorial topics with you online. Students in online tutorials should note the need to answer the questions set and to respond to posts by other students. The tutorial topics are found in the weekly schedule for the unit on the website. 

4. Online resources and requirements: Access to the unit's webpage is essential. Online you will find: recorded lectures, lecture notes, discussion of tutorial and lecture topics, essential unit information, the quizzes, submission links for your written assignments, links to learning support and contact with teaching staff. The unit can be accessed online at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/.

PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer s kills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Please contact teaching staff for any further or more specific information.

5. Essential Textbook: Ian Plant, Myth in the Ancient World (Palgrave Macmillan: Sydney, 2012). There is reading set from this book for each tutorial. All ancient sources required for the tutorials are in the textbook.

6 Modern Scholarship: For each tutorial, some modern scholarship has been chosen to supplement the textbook. These readings are available in E-Reserve through the Macquarie University Library‚Äôs website. The LEGANTO link in the ilearn page takes you to the readings. You can access these readings online. Further reading may, of course, be found in the Macquarie Library too. Do not google a general website (such as Wikipedia) and think you have read what is required!

Unit Schedule

Unit schedule: Lectures and Tutorials

Lectures are pre-recorded. You may access them at any time through the unit's ilearn site. There are tutorials to complement each of the lecture topics (these may take up themes from the lectures, but are not necessarily on the same subject matter). There are separate documents which include the content (questions and readings) for the tutorials on the unit's ilearn page.

Unit schedule: Lectures and Tutorials

Week

 Topics and Lecture topics

Lecturer

Tutorial Topic

 

Topic 1: Introduction to the study of myth

 

 

1.1

Lectures

A: What is Myth?

B: Definitions of Myth.

Ian Plant

Tutorial Topics

Introduction to Study in Ancient History, in Arts and at MQ

Introduction to the unit 

Introduction to Myth in the Ancient World.

Daphne and Lucretia

(Livy History of Rome and Ovid Metamorphoses)

1.2

A: External interpretations of myth.

B: Internal interpretations of myth.

Ian Plant

The Greek Gods

A Greek Creation Myth

(Hesiod Theogony)

 

Topic 2: Myths of Mesopotamia

 

 

2.1

Lectures

A: Mesopotamian Creation Myths.

B: Genesis and Mesopotamian Creation Myths

Stephen Llewelyn

Tutorial Topics

Alienation of the Divine

 (Hesiod Works and Days & Genesis)

2.2

A: The Near Eastern Context for the Biblical Myths.

B: Mesopotamian and Biblical Flood Myths:

Stephen Llewelyn

Flood Myth

(Genesis & Babylonian texts)

 

Topic 3: Myths of Ancient Egypt

 

 

3.1

Lectures

A: Egyptian Creation Myths.

B: Egyptian Creation and 'uncreation' myths.

Lecturer

Boyo Ockinga

Tutorial Topics

Egyptian Funerary Myth

(The Book of the Dead)

3.2

A: Divine Kingship in Egypt

B: Ancient Egyptian Kingship Myths.

Boyo Ockinga

There is no tutorial discussion on topic 3.2: prepare your tutorial paper for submission by FRIDAY week 3

 

Submit your tutorial paper this week

 

3.2 Divine Women (The Homeric Hymn to Demeter)

       
  THERE IS A TWO WEEK RECESS BEFORE WEEK 4 BEGINS   You may like to listen to the lectures on the Christmas stories by Dr Llewelyn (located in week 6)
       

 

Topic 4: Myths of Ancient Greece

 

 

4.1

Lectures

A: Amazons in Literature.

B: Amazons in Art and History.

Lecturer

Ian Plant

Tutorial Topics

Myth in Drama

(Euripides Bacchae & Amazon sources and iconography)

4.2

A: The Search for the Trojan War.

B: History in Homer

Ian Plant

The Trojan War

(Homer Iliad)

 

Topic 5: Myths of Rome

 

 

5.1

Lectures

A: Roman Adoption of Greek Mythology.

B: Roman Mythology.

Lecturer

 

Tom Hillard

Tutorial Topics

The Founding of Rome

(Livy, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Plutarch & Virgil)

5.2

A: Ovid's Life and Work

B: Ovid's Metamorphosis of myth

Ian Plant

Ovid & the transformation of myth

(Ovid Metamorphosis)

 

Topic 6: Myths Today

 

 

6

Lectures

A: The Christmas Stories

 

B: Heracles, Simpson & his Donkey

Lecturer

Stephen Llewelyn

Ian Plant

No tutorial class

 

 

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