CL102-DE3: Classical Mythology

January 12, 2016 - April 25, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 10:50am
Candler Library 121
Rivenbark, Grace
Appropriate for First Year students.

An introduction to Greek and Roman myths and the variety of approaches available for their study.

Gods, Monsters, and Heroes

The ancient world was full of gods, monsters, and heroes whose stories were models for emperors, objects of painting, material for playwrites and embodiments of cultural identity. In the modern world they have served as perennial topics for films and popular media, from Harryhausen’s Argonauts (1963) to Clash of the Titans (2010). Myths are powerful things for the mortals who tell them, and help create social solutions to real-world problems. In this course we will explore the stories themselves, the ancient materials which help us recover these tales, and the contexts – cultural, geographic, and historical - in which they are told, both ancient and modern. We will gain an understanding of myth ‘on the ground’ - more than literature, more than art, deeply practical and fundamentally human.



At the conclusion of this course, you will:

-        be able to tell the stories of individual gods and heroes

-        identify the different ancient sources – poets, painters, sculptors and historians - from which we build them

-        understand the world in which they functioned – from Greek colonies to Hellenistic sailors to the Roman gladiatorial games

-        explain how myths change when told in different contexts, historic, geographic, literary and visual

-        contrast the use of myth in its different historical contexts, from Greek sailors to Roman gladiators and contemporary film

Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
Your grades will be based on a combination of quizzes, exams, writing assignments and a final essayQuizzes15
- Carlos museum: iconography (1) - Movie response and analysis (1) - Text response: (3 total)Writing Assignments25
The Argonautica, ancient and modernFinal essay15

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