General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Classical Myths in Culture
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Piotr Urbański
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-CMC


Tuesday 13.30-15.00 Collegium Maius Fredry 10 room 328

Module aim (aims)

Effects of education – skills and competences: Student is able to: define and use listed concepts; understand reception and transformation (esp. Christianization) of chosen classical myths in early modern and modern culture; describe cultural history of chosen myths; compare using and meaning of myths in various works (literature, painting, theater, opera, film).

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of Classical Mythology.


Week 1 Theoretical principles of mythography and reception studies
Week 2 Philosophical, social and cultural context of early modern and modern using of mythology. Christianization
Week 3 Myth and its reception I: Orpheus and Eurydice
Week 4 Myth and its reception II: Ulysses
Week 5 Myth and its reception III: Dido and Aeneas
Week 6 Myth and its reception IV: Apollo and Hyacinthus
Week 7 Myth and its reception V: Apollo and Daphne
Week 8 Myth and its reception VI: Oedipus
Week 9 Myth and its reception VII: Electra
Week 10 Myth and its reception VIII: Helen of Troy
Week 11 Myth and its reception IX: Lucretia
Week 12 Myth and its reception X: Ariadne on Naxos
Week 13 Myth and its reception XI: Iphigenia
Week 14 Myth and its reception XI: myths in Aristophanes’ Birds
Week 15 Myth and its reception XII: Conclusion and final remarks

Reading list

Robert A. Segal., Myth: Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ. Press 2004.The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology, ed. Roger D. Woodard, Cambridge Univ. Press 2007 (chapters: 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16).H. David Brumble, Classical Myths and Legends in Middle Ages and Renaissance, Greenwood Press 1998 (selected entries).Information on where to find course materials: the library of Polish and Classical Philology Faculty (other information will be provided by teachers during classes).