An introduction to the central myths of the Greeks and Romans, placing those myths in the context of the social and political life of the ancient world, and outlining the lasting impact of mythology on the philosophy, literature, and art of the Western world.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
• Render a detailed and articulate account of the nature, function, and meaning of myths in the classical world and their considerable influence on Western civilization
• Demonstrate familiarity with the aesthetic principles of the art and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans
• Understand the way in which ancient mythology impacted the development of Greco-Roman religion and philosophy
Course Details: The Greek Gods: Hesiod, Theogony; Greek Society: Hesiod, Works and Days; The Trojan War: Homer, Iliad I-VIII; Legend and Myth: Homer, Iliad IX-XVI; Greek Religion: Homer, Iliad XVII-XXIV; Desire and Myth: Homer, Odyssey I-VIII; Monsters and Magic: Homer, Odyssey IX-XVI; Heroism and Virtue: Homer, Odyssey XVII-XXIV; The Origins of Tragedy: Aeschylus; Drama and Melodrama: Sophocles, Euripides; City and Empire: Virgil, Aeneid I-VI; Heroism and Destiny: Virgil, Aeneid VI-XII; Desire and Transformation: Ovid, Metamorphoses
Image: This Trojan Horse, made for the 2004 Hollywood movie "Troy", is now located in the town of Çanakkale, Turkey, near the historical city of Troy.