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CC 220:
Classical Mythology


Prof. Leslie Mechem
Ladd 211, x 5464
Office Hours: MWF 10-11:00
 


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[Sept] [Oct] [Nov] [Dec]

September

6: Introduction: The Nature and functions of mythical thought

8: Introduction: Theories of Myth

What are the major mythical theories (ways in which we interpret myth)?

READING: CM, Chaps. 1 & 2

11: Cosmogony and Theogony

READING: CM, Chap. 4 p. 98-104

RESERVE READING: Genesis, Chaps. 1-3
The Creation Myth on e-reserve
Questions for the Creation Myth

13: Cosmogony and Theogony

READING: CM, Chaps. 3 and 4 to page 80
Hesiod, Theogony

15: Cosmogony and Theogony

Why is Zeus a successful monarch? Are there challenges to his power? How does he mitigate those challenges?

READING: Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 3-5

18: Creation of Man: The Five Ages

What typifies the five ages of man and what do they signify for humans?

READING: CM, Chap. 4 pgs. 80-88
Hesiod, Works and Days pgs 101-106 in Theogony
Theogony, lines 512-616
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 5-16

20: Creation of Man: Prometheus

READING: CM, Chap. 4 pgs. 88-93
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Hesiod
, Theogony, lines 512-616

22: Creation of Man: Prometheus

READING: CM, Chap. 4 pgs. 93-98
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Hesiod
, Theogony, lines 512-616
Theogony Images

25: The Gods: Zeus

READING: CM, Chaps. 5 (except pgs. 117-124) & 6
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 21-27, 40-45, 54-56, 64-66, 239
Homer, Iliad 1:587-735, 16: 499-548
Homer
, Odyssey 1:25-52

Zeus Images

27: The Gods: Poseidon

READING: CM, Chap. 7
Homer, Iliad 13: 10-65, 400-419
Homer
, Odyssey 5: 309-547, 13:142-211

Poseidon Images
Today's ID

29: The Gods: Hephaestos and Ares

READING: CM, Chap. 5, pg. 117-124
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 86-87
Homer, Iliad 5: 437-445, 964-1042, 18: 430-720, 21:435-494
Homer
, Odyssey 8: 300-410

Hephaistos Images

Ares Images

October

4: The Gods: Apollo

READING: CM, Chap. 11
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 16-21, 45-48, 133-141, 237-238, 239-241
Homer, Iliad 1:1-60

Apollo Images

6: The Gods: Hermes

READING: CM, Chap. 12
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs 50-54
Homer, Iliad 24: 382-549, 789-818
Homer
, Odyssey 5: 1-129

Hermes Images

9: The Goddesses: Hera and Aphrodite

READING: CM, Chap. 9
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 86-93, 241-243, 251-258
Homer, Iliad 5:347-494, 14:187-421, 15:1-59

Hera Images
Aphrodite Images

 

11: The Virgin Goddesses: Athena

READING:

CM, Chap. 8
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 129-133
Homer, Iliad 1: 61-261
Homer
, Odyssey 13: 212-400

Athena Images

Passage ID

 

13: The Virgin Goddesses: Artemis

READING: CM, Chap. 10
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 61-64
Homer, Iliad 21: 533-590

Artemis Images
Today's ID

16: The Gods: Dionysos

READING: CM, Chap. 13
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 73-82
Euripides, Bacchae

Dionysos Images

18: Life after Death: Demeter-Kore (Persephone) and the Eleusinian Mysteries

READING: CM, Chap. 14
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 118-125

Demeter, Persephone, and Hades Images

23: Life after Death: The Underworld and Hades

READING: CM, Chap. 15
Homer, Odyssey 11
RESERVE READING:

Vergil , Aeneid 6

25: MIDTERM

27:Orpheus

READING: CM, Chap. 16
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 234-236, 259-261

Orpheus Images

30: The Hero: Perseus

READING: CM, Chap. 21
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 100-114

Perseus Images

November

1: The Hero: Herakles

READING: CM, Chap. 22
Euripides, Herakles

3: The Hero: Herakles

READING: CM, Chap. 22
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 209-219
Ovid, Heroides, Deianira to Hercules
Herakles Images

6: The Hero: Theseus

READING: CM, Chap. 23
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 165-167, 181-190
Ovid, Heroides, Ariadne to Theseus
Theseus Images

8: Margaret Garner: The Modern Medea

Guest Speaker: Richard Danielpour, Composer
Reading: Under History, Essays & Articles read the first two articles by Weisenburger and Brunings
Web Site: http://www.margaretgarner.org/

10: The Hero: Jason

READING:

CM, Chap. 24
Euripides, Medea
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 153-165
Ovid, Heroides, Medea to Jason
Jason Images

13: The Hero: Jason

READING:

CM, Chap. 24
Euripides, Medea
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 153-165
Ovid, Heroides, Medea to Jason
Jason Images

15: Myth of the House of Atreus

READING: CM, Chap. 18
Aeschylus, Agamemnon

 

17: Myth of the House of Atreus

READING: Aeschylus, Agamemnon

House of Atreus Images

20: Myth of the House of Laius

READING: CM, Chap. 17
Sophocles, Oedipus

27:Myth of the House of Laius

READING: Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 57-61, 67

Oedipus Images

29: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING: CM, Chap. 19
Homer, Iliad 1, 6, 9

1: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING: Homer, Iliad 14, 16, 19

December

4: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING:

Homer, Iliad 22, 24
Ovid, Heroides, Paris to Helen, Helen to Paris, Briseis to Achilles
Iliad Images

 

6: The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey

READING: CM, Chap. 20
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
Ovid, Heroides, Penelope to Ulysses
Odyssey Images

13: Final Summation and Presentation of Projects

20: FINAL EXAM 6-9pm