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CLAS 430 B: Greek And Roman Mythology

Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
KNE 220
SLN: 
12397
Instructor:
Alexander Hollmann
Alexander Hollmann

Syllabus Description:

Classics 430: GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY

Spring 2016

Prof. Alexander Hollmann

Lectures: MWF 9.30-10.20 Kane 220

Office: Condon 319

email: hollmann@uw.edu

Office hours: W 12.30 - 1.30 and by appt

 

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1039206

 

Course Description
An introduction to the principal myths of ancient Greece in Greek and Roman sources. We will look at the myths of gods and heroes in their cultural and literary contexts and discuss questions such as the nature of myth, the role it plays in its society, and how myths are transmitted and interpreted.

 

Prerequisites
None. Though this is listed as a 400-level course, anyone from freshman to senior is welcome and no previous knowledge of the myths or texts will be assumed. Please note, however, that the course will nevertheless make demands on your memory, concentration and analytical abilities as appropriate in an upper-level course.

 

Course Components

Test 1 (multiple choice): M April 18                                               32%

Test 2 (multiple choice): M May 9                                                  32%

Test 3 (multiple choice): W June 8 8.30-10.20am                                    32%

Participation                                                                                      4%

 

 

Important points
-Please make sure to read the relevant material in advance of each session. The readings are listed on the course schedule and apply to that day's lecture.

-There is no textbook for the course, only prescribed texts to be read, so all interpretation and guidance will come from what we discuss in lecture. This makes attendance at lectures crucial for understanding the material.

-If you miss a lecture, it's your responsibility to get notes from another student. You will be able to download PowerPoint presentations from the class website and these will give you some idea of the lectures, but they are not designed to substitute for them. These presentations will mostly tell you only which topics were discussed, not what was actually said about them.

-PowerPoint presentations are my personal intellectual property. They are for the personal use of students enrolled in the course and may not be shared or posted on other web sites.

- Make-ups for exams will only be given in cases of illness or family or personal emergency. If you have to miss an exam, please notify me in advance: special arrangements may be made, but I can offer no guarantees.

-From time to time it may be necessary to make changes to the course schedule. The schedule on the website will be updated to reflect changes, and I will inform you of the changes by email. It will be your responsibility to consult the latest version on the website.

-A point about classroom etiquette. Please refrain from using phones during class, whether for talking, texting, gaming, emailing, web surfing or anything else. Please also refrain from talking to others and leaving your seat and returning during the class.

 

Books (please note that only these editions and translations should be used):

-Anthology of Classical Myth: Primary Sources in Translation (Trzaskoma, Smith, Brunet)

-The Essential Homer: Selections from the Iliad and Odyssey (Lombardo)

-Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bacchae (Roche)

-The Complete Aeschylus: Volume I: The Oresteia (Burian, Shapiro)

-Ovid, Metamorphoses (Humphries)

 

Grading scale

 

Grade Point

Letter Grade

Percentage

Grade Point

Letter Grade

Percentage

4.0

A

100-98

2.3

C+

77

3.9

A

97-95

2.2

C+

76

3.8

A-

94

2.1

C

75

3.7

A-

93

2.0

C

74

3.6

A-

92-91

1.9

C

73

3.5

A-

90-89

1.8

C-

72

3.4

B+

88

1.7

C-

71

3.3

B+

87

1.6

C-

70

3.2

B+

86

1.5

C-

69

3.1

B

85

1.4

D+

68

3.0

B

84

1.3

D+

67

2.9

B

83

1.2

D+

66

2.8

B-

82

1.1

D

65

2.7

B-

81

1.0

D

64

2.6

B-

80

0.9

D

63

2.5

B-

79

0.8

D-

62-61

2.4

C+

78

0.7

D-

60

 

 

 

 


Schedule (updated 5/17//2016)

 

Week 1

M March 28

Introduction: What is myth? What is different about Greek myth?

 

W March 30

Theogony 1: Before Zeus

Read: Hesiod,Theogony (lines 1-620), in Anthology pp. 131-149

 

F April 1

Theogony 2: Reign of Zeus

Read: Hesiod, Theogony (lines 620-1030), in Anthology pp. 149-160. Hesiod, Works and Days (lines 1-234), in Anthology pp. 161-167

 

Week 2

M April 4

Theogony 2: Reign of Zeus cont'd (same material and PP as on F April 1)

 

W April 6

Other origin myths: Deucalion, Lykaon

Read: Ovid, Metamorphoses (Creation, Four Ages), pp. 1-7. Ovid, Metamorphoses (Jove's Intervention, Story of Lycaon, Flood, Deucalion and Pyrrha), pp. 8-16. In Anthology: Pausanias J (Lycanthropy in Arcadia), pp. 350-351.

F April 8

Hermes

Read: Homeric Hymn To Hermes (4), in Anthology, pp. 187-197

 

Week 3

M April 11

Dionysus

Read: Homeric Hymn to Dionysus (7), Anthology, p. 203. Euripides, The Bacchae, in Three Plays of Euripides (Roche), pp. 78-126

 

W April 13

Heracles 1

Read: Apollodorus (K1-K21), Anthology pp. 33-45. Hyginus, nos. 29-36, Anthology pp. 225-228

 

F April 15

Heracles 2

Same readings and powerpoint as above

 

 

Week 4

M April 18

TEST ONE: material from Week One through Week Three. Test guide here!

 

W April 20

Theseus

Read: Apollodorus (N1-N7), Anthology pp. 54-57. Plutarch, Anthology pp. 376-377

 

F April 22

Theseus cont'd

Oedipus, Antigone, Eteocles and Polyneices, The Seven Against Thebes

Read Apollodorus M6-M10, Anthology pp. 50-54. Hyginus 66-72, Anthology pp. 235-238. Pausanias, N,O, Anthology pp. 352-353. Palaephatus 4, Anthology pp. 331-332

 

Week 5

 

M April 25

Oedipus cont'd

 

 

W April 27

Jason and Argonauts

Read: Apollodorus (G1-G5), Anthology pp. 25-30. Antoninus Liberalis, Hylas (26), Anthology p. 13

 

F April 29

Medea

Read: Euripides, Medea, in Three Plays of Euripides (Roche), pp. 33-77. Pausanias (C), Anthology p. 345. Palaephatus (43), Anthology p. 338. Aelian (5.21), Anthology p. 2.

 

Week 6

M May 2

Demeter

Read: Homeric Hymn to Demeter (2), Anthology, pp. 169-178. Pausanias (K), Anthology p. 351. Diodorus of Sicily (5.68-69), Anthology pp. 98-99

 

W May 4

Maiden and rape 1

Read: Ovid, Metamorphoses (Apollo and Daphne) pp. 16-21, (Jove and Io), pp. 21-27, (Europa) pp. 54-56. Herodotus (1.1-1.5), Anthology pp. 123-125.

 

F May 6

Maiden and rape 2

Read: Ovid, Metamorphoses (Tereus, Procne, and Philomela)  pp. 143-152

 

Week 7

M May 9

TEST TWO: material from Week Four through Week Six. Test guide here.

 

W May 11

Troy as a historical place, epic cycle. Beginning of Trojan War: plan of Zeus, Helen.

Read: Proclus (A The Cypria), Anthology pp. 378-379. Lucian (Judgment of the Goddesses), Anthology pp. 288-293. Herodotus (The Egyptians on Whether Helen Ever Went to Troy, 2.113-2.120), Anthology pp. 125-128.

F May 13

Iliad 1

Read: Homer, Iliad (Books 1-14), in Essential Homer (Lombardo) pp. 1-140

 

Week 8

M May 16

Iliad 1 continued.

W May 18

Finish Iliad 1, begin Iliad 2

Read: Homer, Iliad (Books 15-24), in Essential Homer (Lombardo) pp. 141-240

F May 20

Finish Iliad 2, begin After Troy and  Oresteia 1

 

 

Week 9

M May 23

Oresteia 2

Read: Aeschylus, Agamemnon, in Complete Aeschylus pp. 44-103

[OPTIONAL READING, NO LONGER MANDATORY: Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, in Complete Aeschylus pp. 106-146]

 W May 25

Odyssey 1

Read: Homer, Odyssey (Books 1-5), in Essential Homer (Lombardo)-pp. 241-293

 F May 27

Odyssey 1 cont'd

 

Week 10

M May 30 NO CLASS: MEMORIAL DAY

 

W June 1

Odyssey 2

Read: Homer, Odyssey (Books 6, 8-11), in Essential Homer (Lombardo) pp. 294-351

 

F June 3

Odyssey 3

Read: Homer, Odyssey (Books 12-24), in Essential Homer (Lombardo) pp. 352-482

 

Week 11: Finals Week

Wednesday, June 8, 2014, 8.30-10.20 am, KNE 220 Test guide here

TEST THREE (material from Week Seven through Week 10)

 

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Principal myths found in classical and later literature. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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