A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Pierre Grimal, Stephen Kershaw

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CLAN1001 Notes

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Definitely the most dull unit I did, after the first month I never attended lectures, because they were uploaded in a written format, which took me less than 45 minutes to fully read. This is an easy unit if you have prior knowledge and don't actually need to learn anything, which helped me. The content was all over the place in the lectures, with many tangents on random things that were never assessed in any way whatsoever, such as the similarities between Egyptian and Greek mythology. This was a broadening unit for me, and it was easy to scrape a pass in without much effort, but I don't recommend this for anyone looking for an interesting unit.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I can only recommend this unit if you already have a basic understanding of greek myths, and want an easy broadening. Otherwise, you're going to be bored by the dull lectures that focus on theories rather than the events/myths (the good stuff). The unit wasn't hard, but unless you already know and like myths, you will be easily bored. Also, it must be said that the lecture is very old fashioned and dull, and this was especially obvious in a few lectures on sex and relationship (of which there were many in greek myths), which covered topics like same sex relationships, and transgender characters. These were badly described using outdated and almost offensive (though unintentional) language such as 'transvestites'. I complained about this in my student survey but I don't know if anything will change. TLDR: Only do this unit if you already know greek myths and want an easy broadening.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I thought this unit was great, and I really liked the way it was structured as it helped me put all the random bits and pieces of myths into context. I think if you're just expecting to learn about all the different 'stories' then you may be a bit disappointed, but if you actually want to understand where these myths come from, then it's really interesting.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

If you like myths at all, please don't take this unit. It turns interesting and complex myths into a boring repetition of dates, ages and definitions, and completely took the fun out of myths. For me, the tutorials were a waste of time as you can see the content on lms and figure it out yourself. The lectures were 20% hit and 80% miss, some of it was interesting but the rest was so boring I couldn't help but zone out. On a plus side, the lecturer and those who ran the tutorial were friendly and helpful, but the digital project was so subjectively marked - it wasn't about creativity at all like they claimed, they might as well have just made it an essay.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I took this unit as an elective as it sounded fun. However I soon realised that they somehow managed to take all the interesting elements in myths and make them boring. Not only are the lectures not engaging, but the digital project is challenging, an essay would've been so much easier. They focus too much on the art and dates, and not enough on the myths. I would defintiely not recommend this unit unless you have to to fill your requirements.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

unit is more about definitions and forms of myth than actual myths themselves... My tutor was very mean and hostile, he'd scorn students for not participating, and if they tried but made a mistake he'd make them feel terrible about it. Also he spent half of the 45 minute tutorial talking crap about people who don't come and about the importance of the tutorials every time... overall i wouldn't recommend this as a broadening unit as the material is very dry and the tutorials aren't exactly enjoyable

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

From someone who enjoys mythology this unit completely ruined any previous interest. Lectures focused a lot on the physical art of mythology and less on the stories themselves.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Really fun unit! The lectures were engaging and interesting, but the tutorials could be improved. Pretty simple assessments, but the digital project can be challenging. A good subject to take if you want something different.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

The tutors were good but the tutorials felt rushed, and a lot of the tutorial content from the readings is actually quite difficult to understand. Would not recommend as a broadening unit.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Slides and transcripts are available for all lecturers. While the classes are engaging there is a fair amount of reading that is not easy to digest for the most part. Would recommend but only just...

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017