A study of the society, values and outlook on life of the ancient Greeks as expressed in their mythology; their views on life, birth, marriage, death, sex and sexuality; on culture and civilization, the origin and meaning of the world, and their use of myth to think about, and give order to, human experience. The course will cover the major myths, the primary literary sources for them, and the historical and religious context, and will include some emphasis on culture, festival and ceremony. There will be regular presentation in class of ancillary visual material (vase paintings, sculpture, sanctuaries and other sites, and video material on the archaeology, history, culture and landscape setting of the ancient Greek world). No previous experience in classical studies will be expected.
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