Myth Syllabus Fall 2009

Myth Syllabus Fall 2009 - CLT 3370-03 Introduction to...

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CLT 3370-03: Introduction to Classical Mythology Course Information: Time: MWF 10:10-11:00 Place: BEL 0114 Contact Information: Instructor: Ben Decker Office: 321A Dodd Hall Office Hours: Thursday 4pm-5pm, Friday 11am-12pm Email: [email protected] Course Materials: Required Books: D. Grene, R. Lattimore, Greek Tragedies S. Lombardo, tr., Homer, Odyssey ISBN 0-87220-485-5 [abbr. Lombardo] Morford, M.P.O. and R.J. Lenardon. 2007. Classical Mythology (8 th Edition). Blackboard: There is a Blackboard site for this course which you can access through 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. Web Resources: Please note that there is a web site to accompany Morford and Lenardon’s Classical Mythology 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. Course Description: 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. The 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.
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Grades: Grades in this course will be based on the following: 1) 2 exams (20% each). 2) 2 short papers (20% each).
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