Ancient Greece: Myth, Art, War
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- 31 Jul 2023
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- Analyse key texts and artefacts within the context of the wider culture of a different society (Ancient Greece).
- Research, identify, and critique primary sources (both textual and material and secondary sources (modern lines of interpretation and argument), employing appropriate methodologies.
- Research and produce written work deploying both primary and secondary sources, including an appropriate specialised bibliography.
- Develop skills in academic writing and visual analysis of material culture.
- • Ancient Greek epic poetry (The Iliad).
- • Ancient Greek history (especially 6th – 5th century BCE).
- • Ancient Greek drama (tragedy and comedy).
- • Art and architecture of ancient Greece.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ANG1AMC (Ancient Mediterranean Culture - The Greek Achievement) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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In this subject students are introduced to the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. The subject commences with a detailed treatment of Homer's Iliad and the myth of the Trojan war. This is one of the dominant myths in the Greek tradition and is narrated in some detail in epic poetry, in drama, and in art and architecture. We explore how myths are 'read' in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars of the 5th Century BC. A variety of sources are treated to enable students to build up a picture of Greek society as a whole. Texts are read in translation and students are encouraged to consider certain questions of method, (for example, historical versus literary evidence) in dealing with the study of a culture removed in time and nature from our own.
- One essay (1500-word equivalent) In-depth source analysis. (35%)
- One essay (2000-word equivalent) Broader research essay. (50%)
- One in-class test (500-word equivalent) End of subject short exam (visual slide test). (15%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.