Summer 2019 - HUM 102W C100

Classical Mythology (3)

Class Number: 3070

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 24, 2019
    Mon, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

    Aug 9, 2019
    Fri, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:




An introduction to the central myths of the Greeks and Romans. The course will investigate the nature, function, and meaning of myths in the classical world and their considerable influence on western civilization. Writing/Breadth-Humanities. Equivalent Courses: HUM102 Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course will focus on the stories the people of the classical world told to entertain each other, to explain the nature of their world and its institutions, to reflect on current challenges, and to preserve a memory of their distant past. It was thus an almost pervasive vehicle for communication, a sort of language. Because classical mythology is so thoroughly anthropomorphic, it has raised questions about the nature of the human condition that have led people to return to its stories continually since antiquity. But while keeping aware of our own, modern perspective, our goal in this course is to begin to master and appreciate these stories and the role they played in the culture that produced them.


  • Assignment 1 10%
  • Assignment 2 15%
  • Assignment 3 15%
  • Assignment 4 15%
  • Mid-term Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 30%



Homer The Odyssey (1996), Fagles
ISBN: 9780140268867

Homer The Illiad (1990), Fagles
ISBN: 9780140445923

Greek Tragedies Vol. 1 (3rd Ed.), Griffith et al.
ISBN: 9780226035284

Homeric Hymns (1995), Shelmerdine

ISBN: 9781585100194

Hesiod's Theogony (1987), Caldwell
ISBN: 9780941051002

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