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Ancient Greece: Myth, Art, War

by La Trobe University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

In this subject students are introduced to the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. The subject commences with a detailed treatment of Homer's Iliad and the myth of the Trojan war. This is one of the dominant myths in the Greek tradition and is narrated in some detail in epic poetry, in drama, and in art and architecture. We explore how myths are 'read' in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars of the 5th Century BC. A variety of sources are treated to enable students to build up a picture of Greek society as a whole. Texts are read in translation and students are encouraged to consider certain questions of method, (for example, historical versus literary evidence) in dealing with the study of a culture removed in time and nature from our own.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Course

An excellent course on ancient Greece. This is the second La Trobe University course by Professor Shepherd I’ve audited, and it is informative and well presented. I hope they continue with the recorded lectures, beyond the survey courses. Well done!

Excellent series

I have been addicted since I started listening to this series. Thank you for putting this subject online!!! The professors are wonderful and I feel like I am in class with them.


Good information but the lecturer (Gillian Shepherd) needs to expunge the extreme overuse of connectives "now" along with "so" and "OK" from her lectures which for me makes listening painful. The audio recording is also terrible. Future La Trobe iTune U courses need to be technically presented much better to come up to the standard of this medium.

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