Subject Area: Greek Studies
The Greek myths have had a profound and lasting influence on our culture. Because they comment on the universal aspects of the human condition, they continue to be a major source of inspiration for contemporary philosophers, visual artists, writers and film-makers. An understanding of this influence greatly enhances our appreciation of modern culture. The course offers an introduction to the creation myths, to the stories of the gods and their interaction with humans, and to the great story cycles of - Oedipus and the Trojan War. The myths will be discussed in terms of stories of families and family groups. Reference will be made to modern works incorporating new versions of the stories.
In addition, students will study 'The Odyssey', which has been a significant piece of literature with interesting historical references and an ongoing influence on the whole of western culture.