Classical Mythology W18 (CLAS*2000) | College of Arts

Classical Mythology W18 (CLAS*2000)

Code and section: CLAS*2000*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: TBA


Course objectives:

The course will study the Greek myths as traditional tales which, in addition to their narrative interest, convey attitudes of the early Greeks to their natural environment, the institutions of their society and dominant forms of thought (of any of which no prior knowledge is expected). Ancient and modern interpretations of these myths will be studied. The myth-making of Plato will be shown to elucidate some of the functions of the earlier myths and Lévi-Strauss' comprehensive theory of myth will elucidate further functions. Myths which are basic to later works of poetic and plastic art will be given special emphasis.


Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course an assiduous student will be able to:

1. Connect specific myths to the cultures that produced them

2. Identify the histories and functions of the gods and heroes of classical myth

3. Identify the literary and the visual iconography of major gods, heroes, and legends

4. of classical myth

5. Discuss the ways in which morality deconstructs the idea of absolute interpretation or objective reading

6. Identify the ways in which collection, transcription, and scholarship constantly reinterpret an oral tradition for new generations

7. Examine the ways in which variant versions of a story focus attention on the invariant elements

8. Explore a variety of scholarly approaches to mythology in discussion and writing

9. Develop an appreciation for the range and diversity of mythology and folklore

10. Identify recurring mythological themes and motifs

11. Recognize the role of myth in the arts











Method of presentation:

Lecture and in-class discussion


Evaluation method:



More information about the courses can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.