SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
CLAS230 Classical Mythology:
In the Modern World
NOTE: One advantage of a web-based schedule is that it can be adjusted frequently according to class progress. Students are advised to consult this page regularly for changes.
ML = Morford and Lenardon
Part I. Introduction to Myths in the
Jan. 15 Myths Ancient and Modern
Echoes of Mythology
Jan. 17 What is a myth?
Read Sienkewicz' "On Myths and Sisyphean Tasks"; Sisyphus; Countee Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel"; ML 490-491;
Jan. 22 Myth theories in the modern world
Read ML 1-15; Sienkewicz' "The Web of Myth"; Some Theories of Myth; Types of Myth; Myth and Folktale. Look for Folktale Themes in the myths of Phaethon (Ovid 13-36); and Procris and Cephalus (Ovid 154-170); Procne and Philomela ( Ovid 134-142); Matthew Arnold's "Philomela"
Jan. 24 Historical Background
Read ML 15-31; Ovid 175-178 (Daedalus, the labyrinth, the Minotaur, the Math Minotaur, and Icarus); Schliemann: Heros and Mythos / Schliemann; Historical World behind the Trojan War; MC at Troy; Mycenae; Knossos / Plan of Knossos; W. H. Auden's "Musee des Beaux Arts" / Daedalus and Icarus / Virtual Streetband's "Icarus" / Icarus Rising
Jan. 29 The Survival of Classical Mythology in the Modern World
Read ML 542-576; Ovid 190-193 (Philemon and Baucis: Rembrandt). See also Ovid in Art. On Adapting Myths
Jan. 31 Classical Mythology in Music and
Read ML 577-593; Disney's "Fantasia". Myth in Music and Cinema. Ovid 318-322 (Galatea). Centaurs. Ovid 202-203 (Hercules, Nessus and Deianira). Satyrs.
Part II. The Gods
in the Modern World
Feb. 5 Introduction to the Greek Gods
The Pantheon / Greek Pantheon / Classical Myths: The Ancient Sources
First Unit Quiz
Feb. 7 Creation
ML 35-69; Ovid 1-14 (Myths of Creation, Zeus' Rise to Power: Ages of Humankind)
Organization of the Business of the Gods Presentation
Zeus and Hera
and Their Children
Ovid 18-23 (Io); 49-50 (Europa); 229-230 (Ganymede). Zeus / Hera
Feb. 14 Cupid and
ML Chapter 7 (116-140)
Ovid 61-66 (Narcissus and Echo); 76-82 (Pyramus and Thisbe); 232-234 (Pygmalion); 241-242 (Adonis)
Feb. 19 Anthropomorphism;
ML Chapter 4 (85-97); ML Chapter 8 (141-162)
Ovid 14-18 (Daphne); 36-40 (Callisto); 55-58 (Actaeon); 125-130 (Niobe); 230-232 (Hyacinthus); 370-374 (Aesculapius)
Feb. 21 Apollo
ML Chapter 9 (163-188)
Feb. 26 Hermes
MLChapter 10 (189-203);
Ovid 82-85 (Hermaphroditus)
Feb. 28 Demeter, Hades,
ML Chapter 12 (233-249)
Second Unit Quiz
Mid-Course Evaluation due before Spring Break
March 12 The
ML Chapter 13 (250-272),
Ovid 109-116 (Persephone)
March 14 Orpheus
ML Chapter 14 (273-285)
Ovid 225-228 (Eurydice); 249-252 (Death of Orpheus)
Website evaluations due
March 19 Dionysus
ML Chapter 11 (204-232); Euripides' Bacchae
Ovid 58-60 (Semele)
Business of the Gods Presentations
Business of the Gods
After the presentations, we will do Narcissus in ML Chapter 11 (204-232)
April 2 Poseidon
ML Chapter 5 (98-104)
Progress Report for Individualized Project due.
Presentation on Myth in Pop/Rock Music by Marty Pickens and Prof. S
April 4 NO CLASS
ML Chapter 6 (105-115
Ovid 121-125 (Arachne)
Part III. Gods and
Greek Tragedy the Modern World
As you read the plays assigned, consider ways that they deal with modern issues.
April 11 Euripides'
Modern Productions of Trojan Women
April 16 No Class. Founder's Day
April 18 Third Unit Quiz
April 23 Euripides'
Trojan Women Cont.
Helen in the Modern World
April 25 The Trial of Helen
Analysis of Euripides' Hippolytus / Euripides' Chronology / The Euripides Homepage / Summary of Hippolytus / Some Notes on Hippolytus / On Aristotle and Hippolytus / Some Background to Hippolytus / Some Themes in Euripides' Hippolytus / Modern Productions of Hippolytus / Why Modern Adaptations of Greek Tragedy? / Tantalus from the Perspective of Modern Adaptation / Modern Performance and Adaptation of Greek Tragedy
Individualized Project Due
May 2 Fourth Unit Quiz (on Bacchae, Trojan Women, and Hippolytus)
The quiz will be on Euripides' Bacchae, Trojan Women, and Hippolytus and their modern contexts, including Helen, Casandra, etc.
The focus of the quiz will be the following:|
1.) identification of characters in the plays;
2.) the role of the gods in each play;
3.) modern aspects of the plays;
4.) your vote on Helen's guilt or innocence.
1 P.M. Final Exam Meeting
Group presentations and course evaluation
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