Myth in the Ancient World - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2 , Sem3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Participation - Online Participation (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST140 Myth in the Ancient World.

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, examining the development of myth in literature and art. The unit is largely based upon Greek and Latin texts in translation as well as the representation of myth in art. Near-Eastern, Egyptian 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 arose, investigating their roles in the religious, political and social life of the classical world.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:


  1. Recognize the fundamental concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth.
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories used in the study of myth.  
  3. Communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers  
  4. Demonstrate an informed respect for professional (academic), ethical and sustainability principles and values.


  1. Conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate historical information about myth in the ancient world, gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication
  2. Integrate a balance between knowledge of mythology, imagination (looking at ideas and concepts from meaningful original perspectives), and evaluation (employing critical thinking) as a foundation for creative learning behaviour
  3. Demonstrate and utilize clear, coherent, evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas about myth in the ancient world.


  1. Apply and model a wide variety of presentation methods
  2. Utilize effectively research methods and tools in dialogue with staff and peers
  3. Devise arguments and solve problems in studies related to myth in the ancient world
  4. Consider and communicate critical and reflective judgements
  5. Demonstrate historical knowledge (personalities, events, periods) and issues (ideologies, philosophies, traditions) according to intellectual, methodological, and/or ethical conventions used in the study of myth in the ancient world.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Participation — Online Participation (20%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Tutorial Paper (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST140 — Myth in the Ancient World

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Defining what myth is
2Understanding the meaning of myth
3Genesis and Mesopotamian Creation myths
4Biblical and Mesopotamian Flood myths
5Ancient Egyptian myths of creation and uncreation
6Ancient Egyptian kingship myths
7The Amazons
8The Trojan War
9Myth, Ritual and Religion
10Greek Hero myths
11Roman adoption of Greek mythology
12Myths of the foundation of Rome
13Literary and political themes in Roman myth
14Jesus: the birth narratives
15Gallipoli: the creation of the Australian hero

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Myth in the Ancient World

    By:Plant, Ian

    ISBN: 9781420256864


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