Founded in 1998 by Matthew Webb, the Medusa Mythology Exam allows students worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and excellence in the field of Greco-Roman mythology and to be recognized accordingly for them; to encourage students pursuing the study of mythology; and to enable students to better understand the contemporary world through a richer knowledge of the ancient world.
The Medusa Mythology Exam provides an opportunity for Classics enthusiasts and teachers to share and develop their mutual love for mythology by creating, promoting, and offering the annual exam. It encourages inspired learning and teaching by providing the impetus and direction for high school students and teachers to discuss mythology—whether inside or outside the classroom—in preparation for the exam, particularly in creating a thematic syllabus. While the exam content varies each year in accordance with a changing theme, it consistently showcases a broad range of ancient Greco-Roman mythological themes and characters that meaningfully reflect the cultural narratives of classical antiquity, including those that have historically been under-represented (e.g., the stories of mythological women). The Medusa Mythology Exam actively offers and supports opportunities for its members and students to enhance both their knowledge of classical mythology and their pedagogical growth; in doing so, it strives to instill in all participants an enthusiasm and a life-long appreciation of Greco-Roman mythology.
The Medusa Mythology Exam is committed to operating ethically and with integrity, ensuring that all of its efforts, including its annual exam, are produced with the utmost transparency, professionalism, and responsiveness to the needs and interests of the Classics community it serves. The Medusa Mythology Exam seeks and welcomes the talent, expertise, and experiences of all, recognizing that diverse ideas and perspectives strengthen the organization and improve its ability to serve the wide range of students who are interested in Greco-Roman mythology.