Fall 2021 - HUM 102W D900

Classical Mythology (3)

Class Number: 4427

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 2740, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SRYE 4016, 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.


  • 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%



  1. Homer, Iliad and Odyssey; and Virgil, BOX SET. Tr. R. Fagles. Penguin 2009
    ISBN-13: 978-0147505606         
    (Alternative translations: R. Lattimore for Iliad and Odyssey in print; Peter Green for Iliad and Odyssey also available online at the SFU library; Fagles for the 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) (e-book also available)
  4. Ovid, Metamorphoses. Trans. E.J. Kenney Oxford, 2008
    ISBN-13: 978-0199537372   (e-book also available)


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