The class of 2016-17 had these suggestions to offer:
1. Do not be put off by Ovid, he may appear a slippery customer but if you read around him in Secondary readings others will signpost what is going on. There is an immense amount been written on Metamorphosis and part of the job of A330 is for the student to sift through it.
2. Have an EMA subject in mind early in the course, be prepared to go down dead ends and research more than one myth in case an initial choice appears unworkable.
3. Stay focused on what questions in TMAs require and don’t be put off by densely written Secondary sources.
4. Listen to the wisdom of Cora-Beth.
3 things that made my A330 studies run smoother and more enjoyable – one structural, one extending, & one particular article.
Scanned all the TMA / EMA subjects and noted materials that were referenced asap as website opened.
Having read the Introductory material at the start of each section, I re-familiarised myself with the TMA question(s) that came at the end – then I could watch out for relevant materials as they came up and make a side note.
2. I made a point of taking one day a month to visit ‘the big city’ and extend beyond the course materials.
I made sure I applied for SCONUL access to the University Library early on; some of these day trips were visits to familiarise myself with their collection.
Each visit was to a specific museum, gallery, or University library, where I could experience ‘live’ materials like those in the TMAs, or extend my study into materials like those covered.
My plan was always – travel after rush hour (public transport); grab drink & snack; spend c2 hours with notebook examining 3 or 4 specific items in one venue as intensively as I could; take the rest of the day off ‘in the city’ with the excuse that I’d been studying!
3. One article I wish I’d discovered much earlier –
Was not generally available when A330 was put together.
Is reprinted in M.L.West’s 2013 collection “Hellenica vol II” (Chapter 13)
Title: “The Religious Interpretation of Myth in Aeschylus”
[SCONUL access means it’s ‘available’ to A330 students via certain University Libraries]
The opening paragraphs of the article summarise – what is/was [Greek] myth;
how [Greek] epic poets incorporated myth;
how [Greek] lyric poets incorporated myth;
how [Greek] tragic poets incorporated myth.
Then discussion becomes re Aeschylus, who isn’t in A330, but could equally apply to Euripides who was later.