This course introduces the Bible (Hebrew & Christian) and the Mythology of Greece and Rome – pillars of Western civilisation. Their somewhat different value systems are seen as a cause of tension between Athens and Jerusalem, a dynamic at the heart of Western culture. That relationship, and the mythologies arising from these dual systems will be examined inthis semester-long course.
By looking at key stories from these dual mythologies, this course equips students to understand how Western values have been constructed and how even in the modern world its culture continues to draw on these foundational myths.
Students will study their use in art, music, language, architecture, philosophy and astronomy. While these stories are important in their own right, students will also learn to read art e.g., various depictions of the same story, and to understand the central role these myths continue to play in our world today.