Spring 2022 - HUM 102W OL01

Classical Mythology (3)

Class Number: 7194

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Mar 31, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: TBA

    Apr 14, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM



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 end of the curse on the House of Atreus through the establishment of a system of legal justice; 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 attend to the way in which these myths functioned in the socio-cultural context of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, and address the nature of myth as a fundamental construct of human societies. While focusing on the classical world and the oral root of mythoi, the course will also 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 the social and political world of ancient Greece and Rome.
  4. Gain an understanding of contemporary interpretations of classical mythology and the relationship between mythology and culture.
  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.


  • Contribution to Discussion Board 5%
  • Analysis posts (4X5%) 20%
  • Two essays (15% and 20%) 35%
  • One creative assignemtn 5%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final exam 20%



  1. Homer, Iliad and Odyssey; and Virgil, Aeneid. BOX SET (or individual volumes).
    Tr. R. Fagles. Penguin, 2009
    ISBN-13: 978-0147505606        
    (Alternative translations: Richard Lattimore for Iliad and Odyssey in print; Peter Green for Iliad and Odyssey also available online at the SFU library; Robert Fagles for the Aeneid is also available as e-book)
  2. Grene, David, Lattimore, Richmond, Griffith, Mark and Most, Glenn, trans. and eds. Greek Tragedies I, Vol. 1, 3rd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013.
    ISBN-13: 978-0226035284 (pdf-book also available)
  3. Ovid, Metamorphoses. Trans. E.J. Kenney, Oxford UP, 2008
    ISBN-13: 978-0199537372   (e-book also available)

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