At Once Irreducible and Mysterious; How we encounter Greek and Roman Myths

Ref: C3530898

Anne Righter has said that myths “possess a meaning at once irreducible and mysterious. They demand interpretation and expansion.” And Albert Camus declared that “myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them”. Our aim will be to encounter a selection of ancient Greek and Roman myths, discover their irreducible and mysterious qualities and then imaginatively breathe life into them. On the surface, many of the myths are raunchy, even, to the modern reader, offensive, but they always come to us in the form of vivid and moving mini-stories. Beneath the surface, we may discover a depth of wisdom refreshing and certainly applicable to our problems today. We will primarily be looking at the myths as retold by Ovid in his compendium poem Metamorphoses, a sophisticated and challenging rendition of many of the stories, a classic of Western literature, esteemed for two thousand years for its wit, poignancy and sparkling narrative verve.

Course aim

To encounter a selection of ancient Greek and Roman myths.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe what a myth is
  • Explain their irreducilble and mysterious qualities
  • Give a summery of the Ovid metamorphoses

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • There is a free on-line copy of Ovid's Metamorphoses which would be a good place to start

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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At Once Irreducible and Mysterious; How we encounter Greek and Roman Myths

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