CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Note: This schedule is a work in progress and
is subject to frequent revision. Check this webpage for updates.
Part I: An Introduction to Myth
Jan. 15 What is a myth?
Jan. 20 Pandora's Box
Pandora and her Impact on Greek
Art and Culture
Film: Women in Ancient
Greece (with study questions)
Myths and Sisyphean Tasks" and "The
Web of Myth"
Lefkowitz 1 /
Jan. 29 The Goddess
Genealogy of the Gods
Structure of Hesiod's Theogony (focus on Uranus and Gaia,
Cronos and Rhea, Hecate) /
Theogony Study Questions /
Venus of Willendorf Website
Read Lefkowitz 2 / Study Questions for Chapter
Discussion: The Mother Goddess and Matriarchy
Feb. 3 A survey
of Greek heroines
Catalogue of Women
The Hero Pattern
applied to Women in Myth, History and Literature
Myth of Europa /
Europa the Phoenician Princess /
Discussion: Europa and Io
Marie de Medici
Read Lefkowitz 4 and 5 / Study Questions for Chapter 4 /
Study Questions for Chapter 5 /
Class Reports and Discussions
Read Lefkowitz 8 = Chapter 3 of
Feb. 17 A survey of Greek goddesses
Greek Pantheon /
/ The Major Gods /
Gods: Images and Texts /
Parthenon Frieze (for additional
information on the Parthenon frieze, see these
Handouts and Weblinks)
Read Lefkowitz 6 and Study Questions
Part II: Heroines and Goddesses in Homer's Odyssey
Feb. 19 Read Odyssey 1-4. Focus on
Penelope, Athena, and Helen.
Study Questions /
Odyssey Chronology Quiz /
Struck's Odyssey Page /
Homer and Epic /
Art of the Odyssey
Read essay by Storz (in Odyssey pp.381-383)
Also read Lefkowitz 3
Feb. 24 Read Odyssey 5-8. Focus on
Calypso, Arete, and Nausicaa.
Read essay by Dolin (in Odyssey pp.383-390)
Also read Lefkowitz 7
First Unit Exam (take home) due.
Feb. 26 Read Odyssey 9-12. Focus on Circe,
Sirens, and Underworld.
Mar. 2 Fox Classics
Lecture: 7:30 P.M. in Auditorium
Mar. 3 Feb. 26
Read Odyssey 13-16. Focus on
Athena and Penelope. Lefkowitz 10
Mar. 5 Read Odyssey 17-20
Due before you leave for spring break but no later that 5 PM on Friday:
Mar. 17 Odyssey 21-24. Also read essay
by Amery (in Odyssey pp.317-320)
for individualized proect due. .
Part III: Heroines and Goddesses in Greek Tragedy
Mar. 19 Read Trojan Women (in
Hadas). Focus on Athena, Hecuba, Cassandra, etc.
Read Lefkowitz 9
Summary of Trojan Women
Mar. 24 Read
Aeschylus' Agamemnon (in
Hadas). Focus on Clytemnestra and Cassandra.
Read Lefkowitz 12
Trial of Helen of Troy
Mar. 31 Read
Aeschylus' Eumenides (in
Hadas). Focus on Athena.
Read Lefkowitz 13 and conclusion
April 2 Second Unit Exam
Apr. 7 Read
Sophocles' Antigone (in Hadas). Also see genealogy
at end of
Antigone. Focus on
Read Lefkowitz 11
Part IV: Women in Love:
As you read in this section, ask
yourself where each woman belongs in Lefkowitz' book
Apr. 9 Read
Medea (in Hadas).
Focus on Medea.
Medea in Art /
Maiden Pattern /
Magical Earth Maiden Pattern /
Earth Maiden Pattern
applied to Medea
Apr. 14 Medea Cont.
Progress Report on Project Due.
Apr. 16 Read Metamorphoses I-III
Focus on Daphne, (Deucalion and) Pyrrha,
Apollo and Daphne
Reading Questions; also Diana (and Actaeon)
Apr. 23 Read Metamorphoses I-III Cont.. Focus Io,
(Narcissus and) Echo, Tiresias and Semele.
Apr. 28 Read Metamorphoses
Focus on Danae and Andromeda, Persephone, Arachne,
Niobe, and Procne and Philomela .
Apr. 30 Read
Metamorphoses VII-XV. Focus on
Medea (again), (Philemon and) Baucis,
Venus (and Adonis), Atalanta,
Eurydice and Galatea.
Individualized Project Due
May 5 Third Unit Exam, including
May 11 Class Meeting 8-11
Oral Presentations and Course Evaluations.
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