World Myths: Living Tales Of The Past
Why do the same myths appear across the world? What importance did mythology have for people in the past? Are these ancient tales still relevant today? This course takes a thematic tour across the globe, seeking out the myths that still have crucial lessons for us. Together, we will consider the birth of human creativity, the conflict between nature and culture, the themes of the Quest and Metamorphosis, ecological catastrophe, war, and apocalypse. The course reveals myth as a valuable resource and a unique way of understanding the world.
Suitability - Who should attend?
No previous knowledge required, and no essential skills required beyond reading English.
Training Course Content
We will explore a variety of myths from different international traditions, and consider the questions 'what is a myth?', and 'can mythic and rational ideas coexist?' Among the myths we shall discuss are the ancient Greek tales of the Trojan War, Odysseus' return home, the tragedy of Antigone, and the exploits of Dionysus, wild god of wine. The Greek myths will be balanced by equally fascinating stories from other cultures - Hindu creation myth, the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Welsh tales known as the Mabinogion, and the Norse vision of Ragnark. Students will also be encouraged to propose favourite myths of their own to study and share with the group.
Students can expect, upon completion of the course, to understand the key arguments in some of the most famous or important world myths, and to recognize major mythical themes in modern and contemporary literature.
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