GRC10140 Classical Myth: An Introduction

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module will introduce students to key figures and themes in Greek mythology by examining their roles in ancient literature, art and culture. Students will explore the roles of gods and heroes such as Apollo, Aphrodite, Heracles, Theseus, Medea, Helen and Odysseus in their ancient contexts by looking at their different portrayals in Greek art and literature. This module will also introduce students to key skills such as using the Internet for research and essay writing, as well as developing techniques for the analysis of texts and images.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will:
- be able to identify key figures and themes in Greek mythology
- have explored different representations of these figures in ancient art and literature
- have developed a basic set of skills in researching and analysing the reception of ancient myths
- have demonstrated a basic ability to analyse and evaluate the role myth played in its social, literary, and political contexts in ancient Greece.

Indicative Module Content:

Lecture topics:
1. Introduction and overview. What is ‘mythology’?
2. Creation and Theogony
3. The gods and their domains
4. The Olympian gods
5. Mortals and gods
6. Death and mortality
7. Demigods and heroes: Heracles
8. Panhellenic myth: The Trojan War
9. Heroes, hero cult and the city state
10. Theseus and Athens
11. The Theban Cycle

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module combines large lectures with extensive small group work, including a group project that is completed by way of a series of guided tasks on a weekly basis throughout the module. Students are expected to attend all tutorials and contribute appropriately to the group project. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GRC1011E - Introduction to Classical Myth

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Exam (In-person): One hour examination n/a Graded No


Group Work Assignment: Personal statement detailing individual contribution to a tutorial-based group project n/a Graded No


Quizzes/Short Exercises: Online quiz n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For the slide test, results will be circulated a.s.a.p. after the test. Individual feedback will be available on request. For the group project, work will be submitted online and feedback given through Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Bridget Martin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Jessica Doyle Tutor
Ms Niamh Tobin Tutor