Course Level 2: Intermediate
Estimated Study Time: 3-4 hours
Offered by: OpenLearn
This course will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re-tellings in later periods. You will begin by examining how the Icarus story connects with a number of other ancient myths, such as that of Theseus and the Minotaur.
Next you will be guided through an in-depth reading of Icarus’ story as told by the Roman poet Ovid, one of the most important and sophisticated figures in the history of ancient myth-making.
Finally you will study the way in which Ovid’s Icarus myth has been reworked and transformed by later poets and painters.
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