Course overview

This course will look at classical mythology for beginners, helping to provide an understanding of references built into everyday British language and literature. We will discuss the gods, goddesses and planets associated with Greek and Roman mythology, with a brief look at Norse myths. This course is ideal for those with a passion for reading literature with an interest in mythology, or for anyone new to British culture and trying to catch up with the natives. Everyone is welcome. Places fill up fast so sign up now!

Course description

British culture tends to be filled with references to mythology, usually Roman or Greek, on the assumption that we’re all familiar with these stories from childhood. Unfortunately, all too often, we’re not. Or we’ve only heard a simplified version, or individual stories taken out of context – as if our entire knowledge of Dark Age history was that Alfred burnt the cakes and Canute told the tide to go away.

This course will attempt to fill in those gaps, putting Greek mythology into some sort of coherent order. Then we will take a look at Jason and the Argonauts, the Tale of Troy and Odysseus' attempts to get home after the war.

By the end of it you should know why we refer to Achilles’ heel, what Pandora found in the box, why a nasty computer attack is known as a Trojan Horse, and much more.

The Norse myths will get less attention, but still some: we get our days of the week from them, and references to the 'Rainbow Bridge'. So join tutor Jane Williams for this interesting course, sign up today.

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