Ancient World in Popular Culture

Classics and Ancient History, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 22667

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester Scheduled 2012-13, 1 and 2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This lecture-based module introduces students to receptions of classical (predominantly Greek) antiquity in contemporary popular cultural forms including television, comics and graphic novels, online content and computer games. It presents a range of appropriate methodologies for the study of popular cultural materials, with particular emphasis on cultural, media, subculture and fan studies. The module includes study of controversial receptions of antiquity by minority-identified constituencies (e.g. the Black Athena debate), additionally enabling students to reflect critically on the formation and procedures of their own academic disciplines. Ancient World in Popular Culture¿ complements a module already offered by IAA, ‘Classics and Film’; the two modules usually run in alternate years.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshops