General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Ancient Popular Topoi and Motifs in Culture and Literature
Language English
Module lecturer Prof. UAM dr hab. Radosław Piętka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor uczelni
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-APT


Module aim (aims)

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

General familiarity with classics; basic familiarity with the terminology of history of arts and theory of literature; having read a number of classical texts, original or translated; attending other lectures on classical culture.


Course learning content:

    1. Concepts and ideas: motif, commonplace, theme, symbol, archetype, myth;


    1. Classical motifs reworked in modern culture;


    1. Homeric epic about war and travelling: short history of the universal metaphors of human life;


    1. Ancient bestiary and modern posthuman reflections;


    1. Astral imagination, ancient and modern;


    1. Ancient poleology in modern guise: motif of the city (and its ruins) in contemporary art and literature;
      Ancient motifs in contemporary cinema.


Reading list

to be announced in class (e.g. E. Curtius, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages. Oxford 2013 [1953]; M. Beard, J. Henderson, Classics. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford 1997; Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema. Ed. M.M. Winkler. Oxford 2001; Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English. Ed. S.J. Harrison. Oxford 2009; Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture. Ed. D. Lowe, K. Shahabudin. Newcastle 2009).