CLT 3370-03: Introduction to Classical Mythology
321A Dodd Hall
Thursday 4pm-5pm, Friday 11am-12pm
D. Grene, R. Lattimore,
S. Lombardo, tr., Homer,
ISBN 0-87220-485-5 [abbr. Lombardo]
Morford, M.P.O. and R.J. Lenardon. 2007.
There is a Blackboard site for this course which you can access through campus.fsu.edu. Here
you will find the syllabus, the PowerPoint portions of my lectures, and review sheets, as well as
your grades. If you have any trouble accessing this site, please let me know.
Please note that there is a web site to accompany Morford and Lenardon’s
textbook. There is a wealth of information gathered here, including summaries of each chapter,
depictions of mythological figures/narratives in the plastic arts, maps, links to other valuable web
sites, bibliographies, and even practice quizzes. Visit
, and click on
the ‘Student Resources’ link.
This course is designed to offer a general introduction to the sacred stories, or myths, of the
ancient Greeks and Romans. The study of Greco-Roman mythology offers an excellent window
into the past by providing us with a unique opportunity to examine how the Greeks and Romans
attempted to answer questions about the nature of the universe and mankind’s place in it.
myths of any people betray attitudes concerning life, death, life after death, love, hate, morality,
the role of women in society, etc.; we will pay particular attention to how Greco-Roman
mythology addresses these important issues. Because the ancient myths have come down to us in
various works of literary and plastic art, this course will also introduce you to some of the most
influential works produced in ancient Greece and Rome. Moreover, because the cultures of
ancient Greece and Rome have exercised such an influence in the shaping of the modern western
world, we will equip ourselves with the background necessary to make modern literature,
philosophy, religion, and art intelligible and meaningful. By examining and scrutinizing the
myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, we will learn not only a great deal about their cultures
but we will also put ourselves in a position from which to question, criticize, and (hopefully)
better understand the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves.