Greek Mythology, Short Course | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
3 months
300 GBP/full
300 GBP/full
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What are Greek Mythology myths at University of Oxford? Who told them and why? How can we interpret them? Why are they still so powerful? How much history do they contain? This course will explore these fascinating tales from the past and attempt to make sense of them.


Are the Greek Mythology at University of Oxford damaged history, allegories, or reflections of the inner workings of our minds? By going back to the original texts (in translation), and the analysis of ancient works of art, this course will exlore some of these fascinating tales from the past and evaluate various ways in which scholars have tried to make sense of them from antiquity to the present day. 

Course aims

This course aims develop an understanding of the presentation, content, and context of some of the major Greek myths, and of ways in which these might be interpreted.

The course will:

  • Seek to gain a knowledge of some on the most important mythical tales to come down from antiquity;
  • Analyse the different contexts and media in which Greek myths are narrated;
  • Attempt to understand and assess different ways in which these tales have been interpreted from antiquity to the present day;
  • Endeavour to develop skills of observation and analysis with further applications in study, work and leisure, and provide an interesting, enjoyable and relevant course of study.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have a general overview of some of the major Greek myths, along with the culture of the world of of the Greeks gained through a variety of types of literary and archaeological evidence;
  • Have grasped the nature of the evidence pertaining to Greek myths and the problems of interpretating this;
  • Have developed an awareness of the differences and similarities between the ancient Greek civilisation and our own, and of the influence of Greek mythological tradition

By the end of the course you will have gained the following skills:

  • The ability to assess the context and importance of varying types of evidence
  • An ability to think laterally across a range of issues, to see how different types of evidence interrelate, and to have an awareness of the potential diversity of response to any given problem
  • The facility critically to discuss issues and evidence in a clear, balanced, and effective manner


10 CATS points, FHEQ level 4

Programme Structure

Programme details

This course covers the following topics:

  • 1. Myths and mythology
  • 2. Homer's Iliad, Troy and the historicity of myth
  • 3. Homer’s Odyssey, allegory and comparative mythology
  • 4. Hesiod: the origins of the Gods and the world
  • 5. Sophokles' Oedipus Rex, Freud and the psychoanalysis of myths
  • 6. Hidden meanings: Medusa and Prometheus
  • 7. The Labours of Herakles: myth, art and ideology
  • 8. Jason and the Argonauts
  • 9. Structuralism and beyond
  • 10. Plato and the myth of Atlantis


Dr Steve Kershaw

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

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10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. 
  • You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Tuition Fee

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    300 GBP/full
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    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.


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