Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided as an overview. The course outline, readings, and assignments may be subject to change in the final syllabus as determined by the lecturer and/or preceptors.
This course places the principle Classical myths and legends in their cultural and historical context, with some attention to discussion of subsequent influence. The course focuses on the rich array of theme, genre, imagery, and message of Classical myths and their reception in the classical world. The readings are drawn from the elements of the key myths that inform nearly a millennium of literature, philosophy, and art. The lectures and the topics in this course by nature are grander in scope than is possible to cover fully in a single course. In this course, we will contextualize the myths, point to how they were understood in Classical antiquity, and how they were depicted in Classical art. Most importantly, where possible, connections will be made to later, Germanic myths and legends to illustrate both continuity and influence.
This course includes two live 90-minute lectures per week with one 60-minute discussion session as assigned.
- Mythography and Comparative Mythography
- Hesiod’s “Theogony” and other selections
- The Iliad 1-12 (The Judgement of Paris)
- The Iliad 13-24
- The Odyssey 1-12
- The Odyssey 13-15
- Mycenaean Cycle
- Theban Cycle
- Theseus and Athens
- The Argonauts
- Select Homeric Hymns
- Pindar and Baccyliades
- Hymns and Pindar
- The Returns
- Homer as Understood in Later Days
- The Aeneid 1-6
- The Aeneid 7-12
- Foundations of Rome
- Casting of Kings
- Encounters with the East in Myth
- Encounters with the West in Myth
The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid translated by Robert Fagles (this specific box-set not required).
Further required and suggested readings will be provided by the course instructors in the final syllabus.
This course has been offered in the following semesters.
|Spring 2020||Dr. Larry Swain|