Classics 28

The Classic Myths
Section: 
001 LEC
Days and Time: 
MWF 1:00-1:59P
Room: 
LEWS100
Units: 
4
Instructor: 
MacRae, Duncan
Additional Notes: 

Fulfills the L & S breadth requirement in Arts & Literature and Philosophy & Values.

Course Description: 

Telling stories is one of the most common ways that humans make sense of the world and their lives in it. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, these stories were very often in the form of tales of the adventures, triumphs and sufferings of gods and heroes – what we call classical myths. This class examines many of these myths, what they meant to Greeks and Romans, and what they still mean for us. We will cover major myths (including myths of creation, myths of nature and the stars, the Trojan war myths, the story of the house of Oedipus, the exploits of Hercules and Theseus, the career of Aeneas, and the myths of the early Roman kings) and the various media that record them (including ancient literature in translation and visual representations). This serves as an excellent introduction to ancient Mediterranean culture and society: through the myths we can learn more about ancient religion, politics and art. We will also discuss post-ancient responses to the classical myths, from medieval revulsion to modern poetry to spectacular Hollywood renditions. No previous experience of classical studies is necessary.

Discussions: 
101 DIS T 10-10:59P SUTD254 MOCH, KEVIN 13682
102 DIS T 11-11:59A EVAN75 MOCH, KEVIN 13683
103 DIS W 8-8:59A DWIN79 LAM, ERIN 13684
104 DIS W 5-5:59P DWIN83 BLACK, JENNIFER 13685
105 DIS Th 11-11:59A HGYM245 ADAMS, CHRISTOPHER 13686
106 DIS Th 10-10:59A HGYM245 ADAMS, CHRISTOPHER 13687
107 DIS F 10-10:59A SUTD254 BLACK,JENNIFER 13688
108 DIS F 9-9:59A HGYM245 LAM, ERIN 13659
111 DIS T 1-1:59P EVAN4 BROWN, AARON 34496
112 DIS W 10-10:59P EVAN6 BROWN, AARON 34497

 

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