Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Defining what myth is
    • Understanding the meaning of myth
    • Genesis and Mesopotamian Creation myths
    • Biblical and Mesopotamian Flood myths
    • Ancient Egyptian myths of creation and uncreation
    • Ancient Egyptian kingship myths
    • The Amazons
    • The Trojan War
    • Myth, Ritual and Religion
    • Greek Hero myths
    • Roman adoption of Greek mythology
    • Myths of the foundation of Rome
    • Literary and political themes in Roman myth
    • Jesus: the birth narratives
    • Gallipoli: the creation of the Australian hero
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST140

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

Please note: This unit is available in Macquarie Semester 3. This is an intensive semester which spans only 9 weeks (including recess). Students are advised to enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 3.

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 subject 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 subject 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.

  • Essay (40%)
  • Online Participation (20%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Tutorial Paper (20%)

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 subject.

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Related Degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology