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Ancient Mythology in Context - AHS1511

Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce students to the study of the earliest mythologies and their socio-historical context via case studies based on translations of the ancient literature prior to the fourth century BCE, and their receptions in modern literature and art. By studying the cultural products against their contexts of origin, students will become aware (1) the rich imagination of particularly early cultures and their legacies; (2) the social functions of myths and the various hermeneutical approaches to their understanding; (3) the impact of early mythologies on later cultures and (4) the significance of the role mythology in their own cultural environment.