ANT2800 – Classical mythology

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Course content

This course offers an introduction to Greek and Roman mythology through an examination of the gods, goddesses, and heroes presented in the Greek and Roman art and literature. The course looks at the role of mythology in the cultural and religious milieu of antiquity, the relationship between humanity and the supernatural/divine, the moral questions often posed by these stories, and the reception of various myths in later literature, art, and film. The course will also look into the historical development of the study of mythology. 

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • identify principal gods, goddesses, and heroes from Greek and Roman mythology
  • identify some of the ancient literary and artistic sources for classical mythology
  • explain the most influential theories about and approaches to classical mythology
  • identify and interpret elements of classical mythology in later art, literature, and/or cinema


Formal prerequisite knowledge

There are no prior requirements necessary for this course.


NB: In January 2022 there will be no face-to-face lectures on this course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Podcasts of lectures will be uploaded in Canvas on a weekly basis, and in addition we offer weekly voluntary meetings / mini seminars in Zoom during the scheduled time slots. Details will be given in the first seminar and in Canvas.

  • Seminars/lectures, one double session pr. week for 14 weeks. The lectures will be podcasted. Please note that the teaching material consists of podcasts in addition to the syllabus.

In order for you to qualify for the final exam, the following compulsory assignment must be approved by the teacher:


Written examination (4 hours).

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory assignments must be approved by the teacher.

Previous exams

Assessment guidelines spring 2019

Assessment guidelines spring 2019 (resit)

Assessment guidelines spring 2020

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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