Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture per week and a 1-hour tutorial for 11 weeks. |
Total Time Commitment:
8.5 hours per week: total time commitment 102 hours
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
|Non Allowed Subjects:||
Students who have passed 'Underworld and Afterlife' with the codes 107-245 or 670-378 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
The journey to the underworld, the existence of an afterlife, the survival of the bereaved, the mummification of the dead, the sacrifice of virgins, communicating with ghosts - the ancient world blossomed with myths and rituals associated with all these things. This subject focuses on these topics in the literature and material culture of antiquity, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Greek tragedy, Roman epic, epitaphs commemorating the deceased, and archaeological evidence from funerary and other ritual contexts. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of ancient myths and death-rituals, have assessed critically the relevant literary and material sources. and have learned the major scholarly approaches to death, bereavement and the afterlife in the ancient world.
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
A 500 word document analysis 15% (due in week 5) 2000 word research essay 45% (due in week 8) and a 1500 word take home exaination 40% (due during the examination period).
Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead, trans R Faulkner (Chronicle Books, 2nd ed)
The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans A George (Penguin Classics)
Euripides, Orestes and Other Plays, trans P Vellacott (Penguin Classics)
A subject reader will also be available
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Ancient World Studies |
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology Major
|Related Breadth Track(s):||
Ancient Egypt and the Near East |
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