Classical Studies (Mythology) looks at the fascinating stories about gods, heroes, and monsters – many of these themes still live on in Western literature, drama, art, music, and even in psychology: have you ever wondered why the hero in James Joyce’s well-known novel has the name Ulysses? Or what the Oedipus complex is? Or why the Titanic had that name? Or whether there really was a city called Troy? Or how Maleficent can be traced to a classical earth goddess? Or that Percy from the Percy Jackson series is based on a Greek hero? Or that Twilight’s sexy vampires trace back to legends of classical monsters?

Were the Greeks afraid of death? Did they share our notion of romantic love? How did they relax? Did they perform religious rituals and belong to mystery cults? What was their art like? What sports did they play? All these questions and more can be answered in Classical Studies (Civilisations). These courses also focus on the lifestyles of the two great classical civilizations of Greece and Rome: their games and festivals, art and architecture, poetry and literature; all of these had a significant influence on modern civilisations.

Classical Studies Undergraduate Module information

Please consult the Faculty Undergraduate Rule Book for any prerequisites to these modules.

Lecturers: Dr Madhlozi Moyo

  • CSMT1514: Classical Myths: From creation myths to the Twelve Olympians; mythic heroes and monsters
  • CSCC1524: Classical Civilisations: Art, Architecture and Everyday Life in Ancient Greece
  • CSMT2614: The heritage of myths in post-classical art, music and literature
  • CSCC2624: Peripheral figures in classical civilisations: women, children and slaves
  • CSMT3714: Myths in classical literature: Homer and Vergil
  • CSCC3724: Religion and magic in classical civilisations
  • CSLR3734: Classical literature and rhetoric
  • CSRM3744: Research methodology for classical studies


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