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    Jun 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course discusses several examples of Greek Mythology while also providing background and context to the mythology by giving insight into ancient Greek society. I enjoyed the way the course touched on many aspects of Greek culture like the roles and treatment of women and the way they saw the afterlife. I would recommend this course if you enjoy reading (like a lot of reading) and find complex stories and Greek culture interesting. Due to all the reading, it is a time commitment. Sometimes the readings were confusing, so my advice would be to supplement the reading with summaries that are easy to find online. The midterm was a little difficult since it was short answer, but the final was multiple choice and easy.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course for me was the creative project they had us do midway through the course. As a biology major, most of my classes are math and science heavy and there isn't a lot of room for creativity or artsy projects, so I enjoyed being able to something like this. I learned a lot about how mythology influenced Greek society and how it was used to justify ways of life or answer universal questions like how the world came to be or what life after death looks like. What I learned about Greek culture in this class can also be applied to other cultures.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared for a lot of reading. You don't need to go out and buy every single book/reading. There are a lot of them online that you can use to save money. Some of the readings are complex and contents heavy. Summaries online were easy to find and helpful for the difficult readings (or if I just didn't have the time to complete all the reading).

    • Spring 2017
    • FRANCISDUNN
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Final Paper
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    Jun 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Erickson is an enthusiastic professor whose main focus of research includes fieldwork excavation and archeology. He knows his stuff. The class is basically like storytime.

    Course highlights:

    There's too many highlights to count, the class is fun, funny, and entertaining. We learn about Greek Gods and Goddesses, rites of passage, Demi-gods & heroes, and numerous myths. Some readings include the Theogony, The Illid& the Odyssey, Hesiod, etc.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It might be a good idea to get familiar with some Greek gods and goddesses beforehand. If you're entirely new to the material it can be a bit overwhelming. Do the readings and go to lecture. Your TA will probably suck and require multiple mini-paper essays, but you don't need to put a lot of work into them. P.S. Erickson LOVES pottery. PAY ATTENTION whenever he talks about pottery or the liminal zone, they'll be on the final exam.

    • Fall 2017
    • ERICKSON
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because the professor is very organized with his lecture so note-taking is always in sync with the projected slides. Also the readings are easy to understand to so long as you read them carefully. If you don't, that's what the TA's are for: you can ask them questions or get your questions answered during the weekly section meetings.

    Course highlights:

    Some of the highlights of this course included Professor Erickson's enthusiasm and passion he has for the material being taught. He taught me that there is so much more to Ancient Greek religion that antiquity and art; it existed. The Ancient Greeks were real and they created the myths and the pantheon of gods most know so well in response to the world around them. For instance, earthquakes were, and still are, common in Greece, so people would pray and sacrifice to the god Poseidon in order to appease him and that the shaking may cease. Overall, this course has made me consider taking up Classics are a double major.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it with Ericsson because not only is he super funny and lovable, but because he teaches the subject with such joy. There is nothing like learning from someone who has never fallen out of love with the subject they get to teach. The course in general is not only pretty easy but it's fascinating. You may think you know everything about Greek mythology coming in, but you'll know far more than you thought you did once the course ends.

    • Fall 2016
    • ERICKSON
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Final Paper


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