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Myth, Art and Empire: Greece and Rome (ANCW10002)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeANCW10002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to ancient Greek and Roman culture. Through a study of ancient literary texts, art, and society, students will explore the mythic origins, heroic archetypes, gods and goddesses, monuments and societies of the Greeks and Romans. The subject will focus on the apex of classical Greek civilisation in the fifth century BC, and the end of the Roman Republic and beginning of the early Imperial period in the first centuries BCE and CE. The subject will cover topics such as the Homeric poems, Greek and Roman mythology, ancient theatre, literary and artistic culture, sexuality and gender roles, militarism and imperialism, and the fate of marginalised groups, such as women, slaves, freedmen, prostitutes, gladiators and stage performers. The subject will also consider the ways in which modern Western culture has inherited and appropriated aspects of ancient civilisation, claiming it as a model in fields ranging from epic film and architectural design to political structure and imperial aspiration.The subject is taught through a series of lectorials, workshops, and object or media-based seminars. In addition to these classes, there is approximately one hour per week of online lectures and discussion materials for students to work through in their own time.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of ancient Greek and Roman culture and the primary sources available for study of those cultures;
  • identify and critically analyse the social structures and institutions of the Greek communities in the archaic and classical periods and Rome in the late republican and early imperial periods;
  • identify and articulate the relationships between Greek and Roman cultural expressions (mythology, literature, drama and art) and the social, religious, and political contexts of their production;
  • identify and critically engage with scholarship on classical mythology;
  • demonstrate in their own academic practice an understanding of the the expectations of scholarship in the discipline of Ancient World Studies;
  • communicate interpretations of Greek and Roman culture and cultural products effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • approach all evidence about Greek and Roman culture and society with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman culture and society.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 500 word primary source analysis, due in week 4 (10%);
  • 2000 word research essay comprising a secondary source analysis due in week 6, and the complete essay due in week 9 (50%);
  • 1500 word take-home examination due in the end of semester examination period (40%).

Hurdle Requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorParshia Lee-Stecum
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursContact Hours: 24 hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture in weeks 1 and 12; 1 x 2 hour lectorial in weeks 2, 4, 5 8 and 11; 1 x 2 hour object-based learning seminar in weeks 3 and 10; 1 x 2 hour workshop in week 7; and 1 x 2 hour cinema class in weeks 6, 9 and 12.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019