Classical Mythology W18 (CLAS*2000)
Code and section: CLAS*2000*01
Term: Winter 2018
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.
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
*The Midterm Examination will examine the student on his/her knowledge of: (1) ALL assigned readings, (2) ALL lecture material and in-class discussion from Unit I. The format of all tests and examinations will be discussed in lecture prior to each evaluation. The Midterm Examination is 50 minutes.
**The Final Examination is cumulative and will examine the student on his/her knowledge of: (1) ALL assigned readings, (2) ALL lecture material and in-class discussion from Units I and II. Special emphasis will be given to material covered in Unit II. The format of all tests and examinations will be discussed in lecture prior to each evaluation. The Final Examination is 2 hours.
†Guidelines and instructions for the writing assignment are posted to Courselink.