London, United Kingdom

Greek Myth and Epic

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module will examine Greek myths as found in Greek literary (and occasionally, artistic) sources and will provide students with an introduction to the study of Greek mythology in its literary, social, historical and philosophical context.

The Greek myths of gods, heroes and heroines have played a crucial role in the history of Western art, literature and music. This module aims to familiarise students with the major figures in Greek myth, the stories associated with them, and the culture which produced them. It will ask why myths occur in the first place, what social or psychological function(s) or needs they fulfil, and how they manage to influence our modern lives.

Course leader

Dr Antony Makrinos received his PhD in Classics from UCL, in 2004. He is a research and teaching fellow at UCL and has previously been a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary College and King’s College.

His interests include scholarship in Byzantium.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have received an introduction to the methodology and terminology of studies in Classics;

Be familiar with the major figures and the most significant mythological cycles in Greek myth, the stories associated with them, and the culture which produced them;

Have gained knowledge about how classical texts have been appropriated by ancient and modern cultures;

Have developed their independent research and critical thinking skills in the field of Classics, relating to Greek Myth, through different literary theories and in various modes of representation;

Have engaged with interactive ways in which they can reflect on the ancient world and its reception.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.