Fall 2022 - HUM 102W D900

Classical Mythology (3)

Class Number: 6213

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 5240, Surrey



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. Students with credit for HUM 102 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course introduces students to ancient Greek and Roman mythology. We will read about the Achaeans’ war on Troy and the longed for, but sometimes fateful, homecoming of Greek heroes; Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy in search of a new land; the monstrous legacy left behind by Oedipus’s ‘fateful choices’; the maddening jealousy of Medea and her revenge on husband and children; and finally, the bodily transformations of nymphs, satyrs, and humans as they are consumed by their passions and desires. In delving in the stories of gods, goddesses, lovers, heroes, and warriors from the ancient world, we will discuss the way in which these myths functioned in the socio-cultural context of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, and engage with the nature of myth as a fundamental construct of human societies. While focusing on the classical world, the course will address the legacy of these mythologies in our times and the literary and cultural patterns that still make them resonant with contemporary readers.


At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency in the following activities:

  1. Read and analyse Humanities texts creatively and to academic standards.
  2. Place texts in their historical and cultural context.
  3. Analyse the function of classical mythology in ancient Greece and Rome with respect to political and social relations.
  4. Gain an understanding of contemporary interpretations of classical mythology in the social world.
  5. Write about literary texts analytically by becoming proficient in modelling interpretation, linking claims to evidence, developing a thesis, structuring a paper, and using sources effectively.



  • Participation 10%
  • Paper 1 15%
  • Paper 2 20%
  • Discussion on Canvas (3 units X 4%) 12%
  • Creative Assignment 6%
  • Exam 1 15%
  • Exam 2 22%


This course counts towards a concentration in Mythologies and Hellenic Studies for students in a Humanities major or minor program and also a certificate in Religious Studies or Hellenic Studies.


To receive credit for this course, students must complete all requirements.



  1. Homer, Iliad and Odyssey; and Virgil, BOX SET. Tr. R. Fagles. Penguin 2009 ISBN-13: 978-0147505606. (Alternative translations: R. Lattimore’s Iliad and Odyssey in print; Peter Green’s Iliad and Odyssey are also available online at the SFU library; Fagles’s Aeneid is also available as e-book) 
  2. Sophocles, Oedipus the King. In The Theban Plays. R. Fagles. Penguin, 1984 ISBN-13: 978-0140444254
  3. Euripides, Medea. In Medea and Other Plays. Tr. Philip Vellacott. Penguin, 1963 ISBN-13: 978-0140441291 (Alternative translation: J. Davie)
  4. Ovid, Metamorphoses. Trans. E.J. Kenney, Oxford, 2008 ISBN-13: 978-0199537372 


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