ISSI402 Classical Mythology and Religion

Monmouth College
, Monmouth, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas J. Sienkewicz (

Any student taking a Classics course should be familiar with the Perseus website. The links for CLAS230 Classical Mythology may also be useful.

Current ISSI402 Syllabus / Timeline of Greek History and Literature / Greek Chronology  / Some Definitions of Terms / Some Issues and Ideas Raised in ISSI402

Sample Student Websites  / Website Template  /
The Monmouth College Curriculum
/ New MC Curriculum / Study questions on ISSI, Myth and Religion / Myth and Religion: Some Definitions / The Web of Myth Theory
Genealogy of the Gods

Some Images of the Christian God

Polytheism. / Islam and Polytheism / A Brief Survey of Christian Polytheism / The Pantheon / Greek Pantheon / Classical Myths: The Ancient Sources /

Prometheus / Prometheus Bound. / Hesiod's Theogony, 508-544 and 545-565) / Catalogue of Greek Animal Sacrifice and Summary Augustan Altar of Peace / Altar of Peace  / Animal Sacrifice / Santeria and Animal Sacrifice / The Latter Day Saints and Animal Sacrifice

Electronic Bible / Lord Ganesh / Ganesh

Classical Myths: The Ancient Sources / Carlos Paranda's Catalogue of Images
Cleanthes' "Hymn to Zeus"  / The Bible Browser / Prayer / Chronology / Greek Pantheon / The Major Gods

Sacrifice of Iphigenia / Sacrifice of Iphigenia in Art / Review of Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece / Minoan Religion (focus on Anemospilia) / Anemospilia / Minoan Snake Goddess.

Some Definitions / Beginnings of Religion / Roman Divinities in Archaic Period / Sources for Roman Religion / Some Theories on the Origin of Religion / Definitions of Religion / Some Notes on Roman Religion / Brief History of Greco-Roman Religion / Religio Romana

Sacred Places: Delphi / Delos / Eleusis

Activity on Epiphanies

Juno Sospita: Coin / Church of San Nicola in Carcere in Rome: 1 / 2/ 3 
 Babri Mosque / Babri Masjid (mosque) at Ayodhya / The Ayodhya Dispute / Babri History / Babri Mosque

Mars Ultor

Apotheosis: Temple of Antoninus and Faustina / On the temple /  Apotheosis of an Emperor  / On the Column base of the emperor Antoninus Pius / The Lincoln Memorial / The Apotheosis of George Washington / More on the Fresco

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Ovid's Fasti:
Ovid's Fasti Overview
/ Fasti Outline  / Some Characteristics of the Fasti  / Fasti I: January / Fasti II: February / Lupercalia /
III: March  / Fasti III: Study Questions / Study Questions for IV / Fasti IV: April / Fasti V: May / Fasti VI: June /
The Roman Calendar / Ovid in Art / Christian Liturgical Calendar

 Homeric Hymns /
Outline of Homeric Hymn to Apollo / Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Study and Discussion Questions /
Outline of Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite /
Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite Study Questions /
Outline of Homeric Hymn to Hermes / Study Questions
/ More Study Questions/ Hermes Images / Hermes

Outline of Homeric Hymn to Dionysus / Villa of the Mysteries  / Villa of Mysteries 2 / Dionysian Mysteries: Some Documents / Some Dionysian Terms

Take a Virtual Tour of the Villa

Homeric Hymn to Demeter /
Outline of Homeric Hymn to DemeterDemeter Slides / Eleusinian Mysteries / Eleusinian Mysteries: Some Documents / Demeter Laughed

Bellini's "Feast of the Gods / Sappho's Prayer to Aphrodite (Other Translations) / Greek Family: Religious Duties and Cults

Study Questions for Introduction to Burkert's Ancient Mystery Cults /
Study Questions for Introduction to Meyer's The Ancient Mysteries 
Study Questions on Burkert 1-3 / Study Questions on Chapter 4 /
 Some Notes on Mysteria  / 

Venus of Willendorf Website / Dove"s "Venus of Willendorf"  / False Goddess (A review of The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future
By Cynthia Eller)

Cybele / Catullus' "Attis" / Study Questions about Cybele  / Mithras in Roman Britain

For "Recovering the Passion of Early Christianity" by Jeff Sharlett, see Monmouth College Public Documents.  

Prospectus for Individualized Project / Evaluation Form for Individualized Porejct /  Webpage Design / Introduction to FrontPage (pdf file) / Some Tips on Web Design

Other Classics websites you may find useful

Reference Site


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