CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
Spring Semester 2005
Part I: The Tragic Hero and Myth
Jan. 18 What is a myth? A Definition of Myth (see
the American Heritage Dictionary)
Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel"
Jan. 20 Nature of Myth: Chapter 1 of Harris and Platzner and Sienkewicz' "On
Myths and Sisyphean Tasks"
Jan. 25 and 27 Interpreting
Myth: Chapter 2 of Harris and Platzner (H&P) and Sienkewicz' "The
Web of Myth"
Feb. 1 The Mythic Hero: Chapter 10 of H&P
Due on Thursday: Tell
the story of someone born after 1900 as a mythic hero.
Feb. 3 The Tragic Hero: Chapter 14 of H&P
Due on Feb. 10: Tell the story of your
mythic hero as a tragic hero.
Part II: Gods and the Tragic Hero
Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
Feb. 8 and 10 Chapter 3 of H&P
Feb. 15 Chapter 4 of H&P
Feb. 17 and 22 Chapter 8 of H&P
Phaedra Quiz on Parts I and II
Part III: War and the Tragic Hero:
March 1 Chapters 12-13 of H&P (to pg. 363)
Website Summary and Evaluation
Euripides' Trojan Women
March 3 and 15 Chapter 13 of H&P (from pg. 363 to end). Mid-Course Evaluation Due.
March 15 Fox
Classics Lecture 7:30 P.M. in Highlander Room (Attendance Required).
Individualized Project due.
March 17 Seneca's Trojan Women
Response Paper on Fox Lecture Due.
Attend Crimson Masque
performance of Trojan Women.
Part IV: The Tragic House of Atreus
March 22. Response Paper on Crimson Masque Performance Due.
March 24 Chapter 15 of H&P.
Aeschylus' Libation Bearers
Sophocles' Electra and Euripides' Electra
Electra as a Sophoclean Hero
Part V: The Tragic House of Laius
April 14 Chapter 16 of H&P. Quiz on Parts III and IV
as Ideal Tragic Hero
April 19 (Scots' Day)
April 21 Seneca's Oedipus
Part VI: Everything Back to Dionysus
April 28 Chapter 8 of H&P
May 3 Chapter 17 of H&P
May 5: Quiz on Parts V and Part VI and
May 12 Class Meeting for
Poster Presentations and
Course Evaluations, 1 P.M.
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