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Welcome to Classics 10 : Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology Professor Rex Stem, [email protected] , Spring 2010 I. Syllabus and Course Details II. Mythos vs. Logos III. Myth and Mythos QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Leonidas, King of Sparta, is here challenging you to study Ancient Greece
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I. Syllabus and Course Details Classics 10: Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology (CRN 83095) Mostly Greek, with a few parallels MWF 1:10-2pm, Wellman 2 Class email: [email protected] Class reader (grader): Jennifer Devereaux All grading is done jointly, but please discuss all grading issues with me
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My Contact Information Rex Stem, Assistant Professor of Classics (i.e., I primarily teach Latin and Greek) 716 Sproul Hall, 754-6060 = office phone [email protected]; email is best way to reach me Office Hours: M 2-3, W 3-5, and by appointment, or just talk with me right before or after class I am happy to advise about readings and exams
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Textbook Barry Powell, Classical Myth, 6th ed. This is the only text, it is essential that you have it (see the readings on the syllabus) One copy is on reserve at Shields Library Note the companion website for the text: www.pearsonhighered.com/powell/6e Reading notes, power points, quizzes on key names and terms, pronounciation help, etc.
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Purpose of Class As on syllabus: This course introduces the major myths of the ancient Mediterranean world: stories about creation, tales of the Olympian goddesses and gods, myths of fertility, encounters with the underworld, and legends of heroes including Gilgamesh, Hercules, Theseus, Jason, Achilles, Odysseus, and Aeneas. The class emphasizes common themes and motifs in these myths, their origins and development, and their relationship to political, cultural, and religious movements in the ancient world.
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Format of Class Primarily lecture. The lectures will selectively reinforce the readings assigned for each class. Success in this course thus requires you to keep up with the reading (which averages 70 pages per week), come to lecture regularly, take intelligent notes, and study those notes to the point of mastery and memorization. This course has only one textbook, but you will have to read it carefully, and you may want to use the textbook website to review the key names and terms listed at the end of each chapter. Plan to spend about two hours in preparation for each class, reading new material and reviewing previous reading and lecture notes.
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Grading Breakdown Exam #1, Chapters 1-8, 70 questions (Oct. 17) 33% Exam #2, Chapters 9-15, 70 questions (Nov. 9) 33% Exam #3, Chapters 16-23, 70 questions (Dec. 14) 34% The exams will be multiple choice, for which you will need to bring a scantron sheet. Lectures will directly prepare you for the exams. There will be no make-ups for any tests. You are responsible for making it to class on time with a scantron sheet on test days. Rare exceptions may be considered if you provide written proof that your absence on that day was absolutely unavoidable.
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