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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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September

5: Introduction: The Nature and functions of mythical thought

7: Introduction: Theories of Myth

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

ERESERVE
READING:
Morford, Historical Background of Greek Mythology
Morford, Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology

10: Cosmogony and Theogony

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

Questions for the Creation Myth

12: Cosmogony and Theogony

READING: Hesiod, Theogony

14: 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

17: Creation of Man: The Five Ages

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

READING: Hesiod, Works and Days pgs 103-106 in Theogony
Theogony, lines 512-616
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 5-16

19: Creation of Man: Prometheus

READING: Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Hesiod
, Works and Days pgs 101-103 in Theogony
Theogony, lines 512-616

21: Creation of Man: Prometheus

READING:

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Hesiod
, Theogony, lines 512-616
Theogony Images

Special Session Tang Museum Print Room 2-4pm.

24: The Gods: Zeus

READING: Homer, Iliad 1:587-735, 16:499-548
Homer
, Odyssey 1:25-52
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Zeus, 23
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 21-27, 40-45, 54-56, 64-66, 239

Zeus Images

26: The Gods: Poseidon

READING: Homer, Iliad 13:10-65, 400-419, 15:179-259
Homer
, Odyssey 5: 309-547, 13:142-211
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Poseidon, 22

Poseidon Images
Today's ID

28: The Gods: Hephaestos and Ares

READING: Homer, Iliad 5: 437-445, 964-1042, 18: 430-720, 21:370-494
Homer
, Odyssey 8: 300-410
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Hephaestos, 20
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Ares, 8
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs. 86-87

Hephaistos Images

Ares Images

1: The Gods: Apollo

READING: Homer, Iliad 1:1-60
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Apollo, 3, 21, 25
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs. 16-21, 45-48, 133-141, 237-238, 239-241

Apollo Images

3: The Gods: Hermes

READING: Homer, Iliad 24: 382-549, 789-818
Homer
, Odyssey 5: 1-129
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Hermes, 4, 18
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs 50-54

Hermes Images
5: The Goddesses: Hera and Aphrodite

READING:

Homer, Iliad 5:347-494, 14:187-421, 15:1-59
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Aphrodite, 5, 6, 10
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Hera, 12
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 86-93, 241-243, 251-258

Hera Images

Aphrodite Images

Today's ID

8: The Virgin Goddesses: Athena

READING:

Homer, Iliad 1: 61-261
Homer
, Odyssey 13: 212-400
Homeric Hymns
, Hymn to Athena, 11, 28
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 129-133

Athena Images

Passage ID

10: The Virgin Goddesses: Artemis

READING: Euripides, Hippolytos
Homer, Iliad 21: 533-590
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Artemis, 9, 27
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs. 61-64

Artemis Images

12: The Gods: Dionysos

READING: Euripides, Bacchae
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Dionysos, 1, 7, 26
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs. 73-82

Dionysos Images

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

READING: Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Demeter, 2
Ovid
, Metamorphoses, pgs. 118-125

Demeter, Persephone, and Hades Images

17: Life after Death: The Underworld and Hades

READING: Homer, Odyssey 11
RESERVE READING:

Vergil , Aeneid 6

22: MIDTERM

24:Orpheus

READING: Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 234-237, 259-261
ERESERVE
READING:
Vergil, Fourth Georgic

Orpheus Images

26: The Hero: Perseus

READING:

Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 100-114

ERESERVE
READING:
Nisetich, Pythian 12

Perseus Images

29: The Hero: Herakles

READING:

ERESERVE
READING:
Euripides, Herakles
Homeric Hymns, Hymn to Herakles, 15
Pindar, Nemean 1

31: The Hero: Herakles

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

October

November
1: Special Lecture: Well-behaved Goddesses: Hera and Aphrodite Clean up Their Act, Prof. Jackie Murray, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Davis Auditorium

2: The Hero: Herakles

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


5:The Hero: Theseus

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

ERESERVE
READING:

Fagles, Theseus
Fagles, Theseus or Tribute to the Minotaur
Theseus Images

7:The Hero: Jason

READING: Ovid, Metamorphoses, pgs. 153-165
Ovid, Heroides, Medea to Jason
ERESERVE
READING:

Nisetich, Pythian 4

9: The Hero: Jason

READING:

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

12: Myth of the House of Atreus

READING: Aeschylus, Agamemnon

14: Myth of the House of Atreus

READING: Aeschylus, Agamemnon

House of Atreus Images

16: Myth of the House of Laius

READING: Sophocles, Oedipus

19:Myth of the House of Laius

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

Oedipus Images

26: The Epic Cycles: Introduction

28: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING: Homer, Iliad 1, 6, 9

30: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING: Homer, Iliad 14, 16, 19

December

3: The Epic Cycles: The Iliad

READING:

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

5: The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey

READING: Homer, Odyssey 1, 5, 6, 9, 10

7: The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey

READING: Homer, Odyssey 13, 16-17

10:The Epic Cycles: The Odyssey

READING: Homer, Odyssey 19, 21-23
Ovid, Heroides, Penelope to Ulysses
Odyssey Images

12: Final Summation and Presentation of Projects

17: FINAL EXAM 9-12 am