Myth & Poetry in Early Greece

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Myth & Poetry in Early Greece

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Classics, European Studies, History, Literature, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module explores early Greek culture through the lens of its mythology and literature. The first part of the module will look briefly at the major Greek gods and heroes (e.g. Heracles, Theseus, Jason) before turning to examine Homer?s Odyssey (in English translation), with its enigmatic and many-sided protagonist, the ?cunning Odysseus.? The second part of the module explores the enduring influence of Homer, on his immediate successors in the literature of the Archaic period. Here the lyric poetry of Archilochus, Sappho and others opens up a world of city-states, colonization, warfare, religious festivals, choral dances, symposia, and more. Important themes for the module as a whole are theories of myth, the evolving social functions of Greek poetry, and the lasting influence of this formative period on European thought.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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