01MythSept7 - Greek and Roman Myth Sept 7 2011 Myth Then...

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Greek and Roman Myth Sept. 7, 2011
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2 Myth: Then and Now
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Outline Introduction to the course Books Syllabus Historical overview Greece Rome Test case: Hercules Sources
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4 BOOKS PLUS both optional and mandatory reading on Sakai! ACM CT MET
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The ancient Mediterranean 5
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Ancient Greece and Rome Greece not unified: Greeks lived in politically independent cities all over the Mediterranean, from Asia Minor to Italy and (after Alexander) Egypt Rome was the opposite: a consolidated government system that grew to encompass the entire Mediterranean and most of Europe from a single city. 6
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Greece 7
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Major Greek timeline 3rd -2nd millennium BCE: Bronze Age Minoans on Crete and Mycenaeans on the Peloponnese Advanced civilizations collapsed, followed by Dark Ages 1100-776 776-479 BCE Archaic period Homer and Hesiod composed; writing begins Greeks expand to colonies in Italy, Sicily, and North Africa Democratic government established in Athens 8
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Hint For more information (or if you missed the first class and are catching up), see the article Greece (prehistory and history) available in the Oxford Classical Dictionary online via Sakai or Iris links.
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10 Minoan fresco, bull-leapers Knossos, c. 1500 BC
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11 The Lion Gate at Mycenae c. 1250 BC
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Major Greek timeline 3rd -2nd millennium BCE: Bronze Age Minoans on Crete and Mycenaeans on the Peloponnese Advanced civilizations collapsed, followed by Dark Ages 1100-776 776-479 BCE Archaic period Homer and Hesiod composed; writing begins Greeks expand to colonies in Italy, Sicily, and North Africa Democratic government established in Athens 12
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