Classics 315: Greek and Roman Mythology
It is the expectation and hope of the Instructor that the student will have read all (or at least some) of the items listed for each week before that class actually meets. This will mean that the student will have a sense of what the basic outline of the myth or mythological character is, will have read some at least of the ancient sources about that character (This is, after all, a course in a language and literature department, and the literature in itself interests your Instructor, at least), and will perhaps have problems or questions that can be addressed efficiently. The Instructor welcomes questions at any time: better to say you aren't following something and get a clarification, than to have the course move on into deepening perplexity. The readings also form part of the basis for the quizzes and exams. The quizzes basically test whether you have read and discovered the major facts in a chapter or topic or lecture; the midterm and final test whether you can organize and compare on a larger scale so that you can see the significance of sets of myths and themes.
Lectures will follow the order of items in the Course Outline, not the schedule of Suggested Readings..
For weekly on-line assignments, click on "Assignments" button at left.
There is a new edition of the textbook: Barry B. Powell, Classical Myth (Pearson Longman 2008) SIXTH Edition Paper ISBN 978-0-13-606171-7 The publisher has provided an extensive web site with useful chapter outlines (goals), study sheets, practice quizzes and other materials for the textbook. Click on Powell's name to access this site, or use the link listed on the back cover of your textbook.
NOTE: If you have the old FIFTH EDITION of the Powell text, then use the alternate reading list, keyed to the Fifth Edition (2006). Below is the reading list for the current SIXTH EDITION (December 2008).
INTRODUCTION. Books and Course rules.
Basic Principles: Some Ancient Ideas (etymology, aetiology, meteorology)
- Powell, Chapter 1, pp. 1-14; 658-659.
Week 3Myth Tools (follow the Myth Tools handout. Be sure to look at the photos under Iconography)
- Powell, pp. 336-340 and 139 (Danaë); p. 168; 647 and 650 (Daphne). pp. 604-610; 620-623 (Aeneas, Numitor & Amulius, Rhea, Romulus & Remus)
Myth Tools: Modern Theories of Mythology (follow the Myth Tools handout)
-Dumezil and the Tripartite Function Theory
-Powell, Chapter 24, pp. 659-665.
- Powell, Ch. 4: pp. 99-107 (Enuma Elish).
HESIOD'S STORY. THE TITANS. THE THIRD GENERATION (Zeus and the Olympians)
- Powell, Ch. 3: pp. 65-67.
THE THIRD GENERATION (Zeus and the Olympians). THE FIVE AGES OF HUMANITY. PROMETHEUS.
- Powell, Ch. 5, pp. 109-126; 128-132 (with genealogical tree). Ch. 6:, pp. 135-150 (Zeus and his children).
THE SEA: POSEIDON
- Powell, Ch. 6: pp. 150-152; and pp. 338-349 (Medusa)
APHRODITE ( Adonis )
- Powell, pp. 248-251 (Adonis); pp. 246-253 (Cybele & Attis)
ATHENA. (Athens and the Contest with Poseidon. Arachne.)
- Powell, pp. 214-218; 473-474 (Argo); pp. 348-349 (the Gorgon).
A POSEIDON STORY: (Minos and Pasiphae, Ariadne, Theseus & Hippolytus):
- Powell, Ch. 15, pp. 400-414; Ch. 16: pp. 419-425; 426-441 (Theseus, Ariadne, Phaedra, Minotaur)
APOLLO (Cassandra, Cumaean Sibyl, Coronis, Asklepios)
- Powell, Chapter 7, pp. 156-171; 552-560 (Cassandra, Murder of Agamemnon,Orestes).
THE AFTERLIFE, I: THE GEOGRAPHY OF HADES.
- Powell, Ch. 11: pp. 286-297.
THE AFTERLIFE, II: THE CULT OF DEMETER AT ELEUSIS
- Powell, Chapter 9, pp. 228-246.
DIONYSOS. Death, Communion, Resurrection. (Myth)
- Powell, Chapter 10, pp. 256-280.
DEATH AND RESURRECTION. ORPHEUS and Eurydice myth. Orphic Cults and Practices (Spiritual purity)
HERAKLES: THE TWELVE LABORS
- Powell, Chapter 14 (pp. 352-375 only)
SAGA: THE TROJAN WAR. Causes: The House of Pelops. Atreus & Thyestes. Agamemnon and Menelaus. Tyndareus and his family. Achilles, Patroclus.
- Powell, chapter 19 (at least pp. 504-519; 534-537)
LOOSE ENDS. COURSE ASSESSMENT.
Course Assessment Instrument
August 1, 2010 10:23 PM
John Paul Adams, CSUN