CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
Fall Semester 2005
Part I: Introduction to Myth
Aug. 30 Course
introductions and a Definition of Myth (see
the American Heritage Dictionary
Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel"
Sept. 1 and Sept. 6 What is a myth?
Chapter 1 of
Thury and Devinney (T&D).
Sept. 8 Ways of
Understanding Myth: Chapter 2 of T&D and Sienkewicz' "The
Web of Myth"
Sept. 13. Polytheism and Divine Pantheons.
Pantheons of Mythology /
Pantheon / The
Pantheon / The Major
Full Moon Deities /
Genealogical Tables Egypt: Pp. 415 of T&D; India: Pp. 190-191
Sept. 15 No class. Work on Greek myth website
Sept. 20 An overview of World
mythology. Read Sienkewicz' "On
Myths and Sisyphean Tasks" and
World Myths and Legends in Art
World Mythology /
Thury and Devinney's
List of Gods and Heroes. Evaluation of Greek myth website due.
Sept. 22 Metamorphosis. Apollo and Daphne (in Ovid's Metamorphoses)
Sept. 27 Apollo and Daphne Cont. 1st
(focus on pantheons)
Sept. 29 Aetiology and Metamorphosis: The Rape of Proserpina.
Ovid's Metamorphoses Book 5
Oct. 4 Myth and Ritual: The Myth of Demeter and Persephone. Outline
of Homeric Hymn to Demeter /
Hymn to Demeter /
The Eleusinian Mysteries
/ Chapter 25 of T&D
Part II: Myths of Creation
Oct. 6 and Oct. 11 QUIZ on Part I Greek Creation Stories
Chapter 3 of T&D.
Structure of Hesiod's Theogony /
Outline of the
Oct. 13. Ovid's Creation Story. Chapter 4 of T&D and Ovid's
Metamorphoses Book I (Evaluation of world myth website due.)
Oct. 18 No class. Fall break.
Oct. 20 and 25 Biblical Creation Stories. Chapter 5 of T&D.
Oct. 27 Norse Creation Stories. Chapter 6 of T&D
Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 Native American Emergence Stories. Chapters 7 of T&D. Also Mayan
Creation Stories. (Prospectus for
Nov. 8 QUIZ on Part II and African Creation Stories. Chapter
8 of T&D
Nov. 10 African Creation Stories (Cont.)
Nov. 15 Egyptian Creation Stories. Chapter 26 of T&D
Nov. 17-22 Egyptian Creation Stories Cont. Optional Progress report on
Individualized Project due on Nov. 22.
Part III: Myths of Destruction
Nov. 29 Ragnarok. Chapter 9 of T&D. Also pp. 97-101 and Biblical Flood
Stories. Chapter 10 of T&D
Nov. 29 Ovid's Flood Story. Chapter 11 of T&D
Dec. 1 The Hero of a Thousand Faces. Chapter 12 of T&D
Dec. 6 Mesopotamian Flood Story: Pp. 168-173 and The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hero Journey.
Chapters 13-14 of T&D (Individualized Project
Dec. 8 QUIZ on Parts III-IV and 2nd
(on world myths)
Dec. 15 Class Meeting for
Poster Presentations and
Course Evaluations, 1 P.M.
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