MWF 1:25-2:20
Ladd 307
Reading Schedule
Course Requirements
Required Reading
 
 
 
 
CLASS SCHEDULE (subject to change)
[September] [October][November][December]
 
SEPTEMBER 
6 Introduction: The nature and functions of mythical thought   
8 Introduction: Theories of Myth READING: CM, Introduction
11 Cosmogony and Theogony RESERVE READING: Genesis, Chaps. 1-3; 
Enuma Elish
13 Cosmogony and Theogony READING: CM, Chap 1 & 2 to p. 53
Hesiod, Theogony
15 Cosmogony and Theogony READING: Ovid, Metamorphoses 31-33
18 Creation of Man: The Five Ages READING: CM, Chap 2 p. 53-end; 
Hesiod, Words and Days, lines 1-212 
Theogony, lines 512-616
20 Creation of Man: The Five Ages READING: Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
22 Creation of Man: The Five Ages

READING: Ovid, Met. 33-43 

Theogony Images

25 The Gods: Zeus

READING: CM, Chap 3-4; except pgs. 76-83
Ovid, Met. 47-54, 68-72, 81-82, 92-94, 278; 
Homer, Iliad 1:587-735, 16:499-548, 
Odyssey 1:25-52

Zeus Images

27 The Gods: Poseidon

READING: CM, Chap 5;
Homer, Iliad 13:10-65, 400-429;
Odyssey 5:309-547, 13:142-211

Today's ID

Poseidon Images

29 The Gods: Hephaestos and Ares

READING: CM, Chap. 3, pgs. 76-83
Ovid, Met. 116-117
Homer, Iliad 5:437-445, 964-1042; 18:430-720; 21:435-494;
Odyssey 8:300-410

Hephaistos Images 

Ares Images

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OCTOBER
2 The Gods: Apollo

READING: CM, Chap 9; 
Ovid, Met. 43-47, 72-75, 167-174, 278-281; 
Homer, Iliad 1:1-60

Apollo Images

4 The Gods: Hermes READING: CM, 10
Ovid, Met. 76-81
Homer, Iliad 24:382-549, 789-818
Odyssey 5:1-129
Hermes Images
6 The Gods: Hera and Aphrodite READING: CM, Chap. 7; 
Ovid, Met. 94-100, 289-296; 
Homer, Iliad 5:347-494, 14:187-421, 15:1-59 
Today's ID
11 The Virgin Goddesses: Athena READING: CM, Chap. 6; 
Ovid, Met. 146-149, 163-175; 
Homer, Iliad 1:61-261,
Odyssey 13:212-400
13 The Virgin Goddesses: Artemis READING: CM, Chap. 8;
Ovid, Met. 89-92,
Homer, Iliad 21:533-590
Today's Passage ID
16 The Gods: Dionysos READING: CM, Chap. 11; 
Ovid, Met. 100-107; 
Euripides, Bacchae 
18 Demeter-Kore (Persephone) and the Eleusinian Mysteries  READING: CM, Chap. 12; 
Ovid, Met. 149-159 
23 The Underworld and Hades  READING: CM, Chap. 13; 
Homer, Odyssey 11; 
RESERVE READING: Vergil, Aeneid
25 MIDTERM  
27 Orpheus

READING: CM, Chap. 14;
Ovid, Met. 273-276, 299-301 

30 The Hero: Perseus

READING: CM, Chap 19; 
Ovid, Met. 129-135, 139-146

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NOVEMBER
1-3 The Hero: Herakles READING: CM, Chap. 20; 
Ovid, Met. 245-255 
 
6 The Hero: Theseus READING: CM, Chap 21; 
Ovid, Met. 199-201
8 The Hero: Jason  READING: CM, Chap. 22; 
Ovid, Met. 187-199 
10 Debate on the Heroes or Begin Atreus  
13 Myth of the House of Atreus READING: CM, Chap. 16; 
Aeschylus, Agamemnon
15 Myth of the House of Atreus READING: Aeschylus, Agamemnon
17 Myth of the House of Laius READING: CM, Chap. 15; 
Sophocles, Oedipus
20 Myth of the House of Laius READING: Ovid, Met. 85-89, 94-95 
27 Myth of the House of Laius or Introduction to Epic Cycles  
29 The Epic Cycles: The Iliad READING: CM, Chap. 17; 
Homer, Iliad 1, 6, 9
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DECEMBER 
1 The Epic Cycles: The Iliad READING: CM, Chap. 17; 
Homer, Iliad 14, 16, 19, 
4 The Epic Cycles: The Iliad READING: Homer, Iliad 22, 24 
6 The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey  READING: CM, Chap. 18
Homer, Odyssey 1, 5-13, (already read 11)
8 The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey 

READING: Homer, Odyssey 16-17

 

11 The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey  READING: Homer, Odyssey 19, 21-23
13 Presentation of Projects and Papers 
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Prof. Leslie Mechem, Classics Dept. Chair
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Ladd Hall 211, x5464
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 am, or by appointment.