CLASSICS 10: Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology
Professor Tim Brelinski
706 Sproul Hall, #752-1339
Office Hours: M 1-2, W 1-3, & by appointment
TA: Nathan Hill
Barry B. Powell,
., Pearson/Longman, 2009
Note the companion website to the textbook:
You will also need to purchase
UCD 2000 scantron sheets for the exams.
Purpose of Class
: This course introduces the major myths of the ancient Mediterranean world:
stories about creation, tales of the Olympian gods and goddesses, 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.
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