CLAS230 Classical Mythology

2nd Semester 1998-1999, Department of Classics, Monmouth College

CLAS230 and General Education / Course Description / Semester Theme: Women in Myth (a brief description) / Required Texts /About the Instructor / Grading Scale / Class Format / Goals and Requirements / Unit Exam Questions / Schedule of Activities / REVISED Schedule / Writing Guidelines for Professor Sienkewicz' Classes / Guidelines for Book Reviews and Reports / Course Documents

The theme of CLAS230 Classical Mythology this semester is the portrayal of women in Greek and Roman mythology. The course begins with examinations of the goddess Athena and of Penelope the wife of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey in order to answer questions like what is a goddess (as opposed to a god) and what is a heroine (as opposed to a hero). Particular emphasis will be placed upon the treatment of women like Antigone, Alcestis, and Clytemnestra in Greek tragedy and Daphne, Europa, and other women in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The women of Greco-Roman mythology will also be compared to mythic women in other cultures, such as the Egyptian goddess Isis and Princess Leah in Star Wars.

Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Classics Dept. webpage (http:\\\academic\classics).

A word on plagiarism:

Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving credit. Such copying--from a book, another classmate's paper, or any other source--is dishonest. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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