CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

THEME: Gods and Goddesses

This Classical Mythology course focuses on the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greeks and Romans and their interaction with mortals. Greco-Roman myths will be used to determine ancient attitudes towards deity in general, distinctions between gods and goddesses, the role of deity in the lives of heroes and ordinary mortals, and ways that these deities are depicted in the modern world. This course fulfills the Beauty and Meaning requirement.

Some of the questions addressed in this course include:
What are the characteristics of a
classical deity?
What is the relationship between classical deities and humans?
How are
classical deities similar to and differe from deities in other cultures?
How are classical deities depicted in the 21st century?
How is the modern concept of these deities different from the the concept of deity in the classical world?


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