Spring 2020 - HUM 102W D100

Classical Mythology (3)

Class Number: 5454

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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 ancient Greek and Roman worlds 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.  Their mythology was a pervasive vehicle for communication, a sort of language.  Because classical mythology is also so thoroughly anthropomorphic, it also raises questions about the nature of the human condition.  These questions have led people to return to its stories continually since antiquity.  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 Greek and Roman cultures that produced them.  We shall read the stories in the great literary forms of the ancient Greek world, epic and tragedy, and seek an appreciation of them as storytelling forms.


To guide students to a basic understanding of, and a fluency with, the fundamental elements of classical mythology.


  • 4 short papers 55%
  • mid-term 15%
  • tutorial participation 10%
  • final exam 20%


For every class, students will be expected to have done the required readings and to be able to participate in discussion about the assigned topics. Grades for participation rely on the following factors: presence, constructive oral discussion, and reading preparation.  (In order to be constructive, discussion must shed some light on the texts.) Each student must hand in four 450-500-word prepared papers. The papers must address the topics each week and be handed in at the lectures the day the material is being discussed (keep a copy for yourself). Both the mid-term and final (90 minutes) will have both multiple-choice essay questions based on the readings and lectures



Homeric Hymns
ISBN: 978-1585100194

Homer (trans. Fagles), The Iliad. Penguin Classics.
ISBN: 9780140445923

Homer (trans. Fagles), The Odyssey. Penguin Classics.
ISBN: 9780140268867

Greek Tragedies 3. University of Chicago Press.
ISBN: 978-0226035932

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