LLT 121.002 Classical Mythology Office: 113 Siceluff Hall Phone: 836-6601
Fall Semester 2018
Office Hours: 11 am daily
9:30-10:45 pm TR, SICL 117
E-mail: JosephHughes at MissouriState.edu
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Hughes


Powell, Classical Mythology (6th edition)
Lattimore and Grene, The Greek Tragedies, volume 1
LLT 121 Reading Guide
Classical Mythology Telecourse Lectures available at iTunes U (optional)


LLT 121: Classical Mythology is a class in the Missouri State University General Education program. It examines the diverse contributions made to human knowledge and experience by Classical Greco-Roman myth through cultural products such as art, music, and texts. The development of myths – that is, oral traditions once believed to be true – empowered ancient Greeks and Romans to chart humanity’s place in the universe and to contextualize pressing social questions such as class, gender, and race. Even in this age of science and social media, Classical myths continue to shape our consciousness of cultural and historical settings, both our own, and those of other people worldwide. By analyzing Classical myth as the fullest expression of ancient Greco-Roman cultural traditions and perspectives, students will develop an informed understanding of their own cultural contexts and to refine their thinking, believing, and acting toward success in a far more advanced but yet profoundly similar world.


As part of the Missouri State University General Education program, LLT 121: Classical Mythology fulfills a Knowledge of Human Cultures requirement. As detailed below, the LLT 121 Course Objectives directly address the Specific Learning Objectives (SLOs) for General Goal 9.

General Goal 9 (Humanities and the Arts): Students will cultivate their intellect, imagination, and creativity as they develop an understanding of how social, cultural, linguistic, artistic, religious, philosophical, and historical contexts have shaped the thoughts and actions of people worldwide.


The student's work in the course will be evaluated as follows: Average of 4 Hour Exams: 100%. Hour Exams will consist of objective (identification, short answer, matching) and essay (thesis statement, proof, conclusion) questions. These will be largely, but not completely, non-comprehensive. Extra credit will not be given under any circumstances. Final grades will be assigned on the following basis: 90-100%= A; 80-89%= B; 70-79%= C; 60-69%= D; 59%-below= F. Students with questions about the evaluation of their work should consult the instructor immediately. Exams should be completed in either ink (blue or black) or in #2 pencil. Legibility will be appreciated.


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To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), http://www.missouristate.edu/disability. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc.


Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity.  You are responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at the University Academic Integrity website and also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library.  Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy.


Introduction to Mythology
Aug  24
The Nature of Myth Powell, Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Aug 27
Myths of Creation Powell, Chapter 4
Aug 31
- continued

Sep 05
The Origins of Humankind Powell, Chapter 5
Sep 07
- continued

Sep 12
- continued
Sep 14
Myths of the Olympian Gods I Powell, Chapter 6

Sep 19
- continued

Sep 21
- continued

Sep 26
Myths of the Olympian Gods II Powell, Chapters 7 and 8
Sep 28
-  continued

Oct 03
Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries Powell, Chapters 9 and 11
Oct 05

Oct 10
Dionysus and the Bacchic Mysteries Powell, Chapter 10
Oct 12
No Classes - Fall Holiday

Oct 17
Euripides, Hippolytus + Midterm Review
Grene, The Greek Tragedies
Oct 19
Midterm Exam

Oct 24
Legends of Heracles Powell, Chapters 12 and 14
Oct 26

Oct 31
Nov 02
Legends of Athens and Crete Powell, Chapters 15 and 16

-Legends of Mycenae and Iolcus Powell, Chapters 13 and 18
Nov 09
- continued

Nov 14
Legends of Thebes Powell, Chapter 17
Nov 16
- continued

Nov 21
The Trojan War Powell, Chapters 19 and 20
Nov 23
No Classes - Thanksgiving

Nov 28
The Return Voyages Powell, Chapter 21
Nov 30
Final Review

Dec 05
No Classes
Dec 07
No Classes

Dec 13 Final Examination 8:45-10:45 am