Spring 2022 - HUM 102W D100
Classical Mythology (3)
Class Number: 7195
Delivery Method: In Person
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 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.
- 4 Short Papers 55%
- Midterm 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 written tutorial discussion about the assigned topics. Grades for participation rely on the following factors: participation in short, weekly zoom meetings with three other students, and in synchronous written discussions on Canvas. (On Canvas, discussion must shed some light on the texts by discussing specific passages and by reacting to others’ discussion of passages.) Each student must hand in four 450-500-word prepared papers. The papers must address the topics each week and be submitted the day the material is being discussed on Canvas (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.
Homer (trans. Fagles), The Iliad. Penguin Classics, ISBN 9780140445923
Homer (trans. Wilson), The Odyssey. Norton. ISBN 0393356256
Ovid, Metamorphoses. Oxford World’s Classics. ISBN 019283472X
Sophocles I University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226311517
Euripides III University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226308821.
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