Myth, Memory and Materiality in the Greek and Roman Worlds CLASSIC4057

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course examines the significance of "the past" in the Greek and Roman worlds, by exploring relationships between myths, memories and material culture. The course is multi-disciplinary in approach and will, therefore, look at a variety of categories of evidence relating to religion and cult ideologies; rituals, monuments and ideologies in the sphere of death and burial; literary sources, including Hesiod, Homer, Pausanias and Ovid; and the employment of myths and memories in the visual arts, in both public and domestic settings.


Two 50-minute sessions a week

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Classics, Greek or Latin, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.


■ Coursework: one oral seminar case study- 20% of final mark

■ Coursework: one 3000 word essay - 30% of final mark

■ Examination: April/May of the year taught two-hour - 50% of the final mark

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Examine a variety of evidence sources relating to the study of relationships between perceptions of the past (myth and memory) and material culture in the Greek and Roman worlds

■ Provide an interdisciplinary approach in the study of Classics

■ Explore different theoretical methodologies available for understanding relationships between myth, memory and material culture in ancient societies

■ Use this knowledge to conduct contextual analysis of these relationships in the Greek and Roman worlds

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of categories of evidence (archaeological, literary, and mythological)

■ Demonstrate an understanding of changing perceptions through time

■ Conduct analyses of perceptions of the past in the Greek and Roman worlds using interdisciplinary approaches

■ Understand and evaluate different theoretical approaches to interpretation

■ Use a variety of sources of evidence to conduct research on various topics relating to interpreting perceptions of the past in the Greek and Roman worlds

■ Formulate and present, orally and in writing, well-constructed and coherent arguments as a result of independent research

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.