LLT 121....Classical Mythology Fall 2001.... Section 999 (Honors)

Dr. Edwin Carawan .......Office Hrs. 2 M-F, 390A Craig.... phone.836-4831... edc113f@missouristate.edu







Texts and Materials:

Required readings are taken from Barry Powell, Classical Mythology, 3rd ed.(2001); Grene and Lattimore, Greek Tragedies, volumes I & III. (GT).

An Outline to the readings in Powell—Classical Mythology 121 prepared by Dr. Art Spisak—is available online at http://gracie.missouristate.edu/myth/mythnotes, or from Copy This. Be alert to alterations in Chapter and page number in the 3rd edition

An abbreviated but adequate guide is provided for each unit with direct links from the syllabus below; if needed, hardcopy will be provided in class, at the beginning of each 3-week section.

Additional resources can be found online at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu.

Objectives: This course is designed as an introduction to the gods and heroes of Greek Mythology, as they are represented in literature and art. We shall try to understand how myth evolves from social causes and conditions--family structure, political and economic factors, as well as religious ritual.
The Honors section will focus on Tragedy, the quintessential vehicle for mythmaking as an ongoing social process. When a playwrite undertakes to produce a new version of an old story for the city-wide festival of Dionysus, he is making myth in answer to the concerns that preoccupy his audience.

Requirements: The course grade is based on 4 quizzes (total 40%), two essays (3-4 pages each) and final exam (20% each). The quizzes are primarily short answer and ID, to assure a command of the basic terms; the final exam includes outlines and discussion questions.

The essays should give a critical argument or original interpretation of mythic themes; or the essay may take the form of a creative adaptation (with prior approval)--written or in-class presentation

Readings should be completed for the assigned date. Superior participation in class (including occasional written exercises will be credited as much as a letter grade. Cheating or plagiarism on any written work will be subject to the sanctions listed in Student Academic Integrity Policies p. 4, proportionate to the value of the work (no credit on quiz; course F on essay; XF on Final).

Special considerations: We strongly support University policies to provide accommodations for students with disabilities and to prevent or remedy discrimination of any kind. If you have a concern or special need, please advise the instructor. In regard to disabilities, you may also contact Disability Services (836-4192); regarding discrimination, the Equal Opportunity Officer (836-4252).




















Aug. 20... Introduction: Mythmaking and Society

Unit I: Powell Chapters 1-5 (and Prometheus)

Aug.22... Chh. 1-2 (pp. 1-31): Culture and Context

Aug.24-7 ... Chh. 2-3 (pp. 32-69). Greek Society & the Near East.......very rough timeline

Aug.29-Sept.5 ... Ch.4. Creation: Triumph of Zeus (Illustrations)

Sept.7-12 . . . Ch.5. Creation: Making of Man

Sept. 14— Quiz 1 (Chh. 2-5)

Sept. 17-19. . . Tragedy and Prometheus Bound

Unit II: Chh. 6-8--Olympians

Sept. 21-24 ... Chh 6-7: Loves of Zeus, brothers and sons

Sept. 26-28..... Ch.8. the Great Goddesses

Oct. 1— Quiz 2 (Chh. 6-8 & Prometheus)


Unit III: Chh. 9-11 (and Hippolytus)

Oct.3-5... Euripides' Hippolytus

Oct. 8-10...Chh. 9-10.Demeter and Dionysus ...

[Outline for Essay 1 due Oct. 8]

Oct. 12 .... Euripides' Bacchae

Oct. 15... Essay 1: Wrath of God... ......Prometheus, Hippolytus ..and/or.. Bacchae

Oct. 15-17... Ch. 11. Land of the Dead

Oct. 19. . . . . . Quiz 3 (Chh. 9-11)



Unit IV: Chh. 13-16

Oct. 22....Ch. 13. Perseus

Oct. 24-26... Ch.14. Heracles

Oct. 29 . . . Euripides' Alcestis

Oct. 31-Nov.2... Chh.15-16. Theseus and Athens.

Nov. 5. . . Quiz 4 (Chh. 13-16)


Unit V: Chh. 17-21

Nov. 7... Ch. 17. Theban Cycle

Nov. 9-12... Sophocles' Oedipus ...or Antigone

Nov. 14 ... Oedipus at Colonus

Nov. 16 ... Ch. 18. Jason and Medea

Nov. 19-28 ... Chh.19-20. Trojan War

Nov. 19 or 26— Essay 2: Gift of God

Nov. 30-Dec. 3...Ch. 21. Odysseus

Dec. 5... Review and Discussion: excerpts from Aeschylus' Eumenides.

Dec. 10 (Mon.)...Final Exam, 1:15 pm


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