LLT 121.004 Classical Mythology Office: 113 Siceluff Hall Phone: 836-6601
Spring Semester 2020
Office Hours: by appointment
11:00 am-12:15 pm TR, SICL 117
E-mail: JosephHughes at MissouriState.edu
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Hughes


Powell, Classical Mythology (recommended; any edition will do)
Lattimore and Grene, The Greek Tragedies, volume 1
LLT 121 Reading Guide


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 Midterm and Final Exams (50% each) : 100%. 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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Week 01 (13-17 January)
•    Intro, history, literacy, aetiology, animistic/anthropomorphic, epic poetry, Cyclops, hieros gamos
•    Aetiology, animistic, anthropomorphic, Achaeans, Indigenous Greeks, Myceneans, Xenophanes, hieros gamos, Dark Ages

Week 02 (20-24 January)
•    History, literacy, Theogony, creation of universe, Clash of Titans, Olympians, hieros gamos, All That Zeus, Weltanschauung, Hesiod vs. Ovid
•    Theogony, hieros gamos, Hittite Cronus Myth, Typhon, Olympians, Chaos, Uranus, Gaia, Titans

Week 03 (27-31 January)
•    Creation of humankind, Hesiod vs. Ovid, Weltanschauung, Prometheus, womankind, All That Zeus,
•    Prometheus, Themis, Pandora

Week 04 (03-07 February)
•    Olympians, All That Zeus, syncretism, offspring of Hyperion, offspring of Poseidon
•    Syncretism, Selene, Eos, Hyperion, Tithonus, Endymion, Helios, Phaethon

Week 05 (10-14 February)
•    Poseidon, Athena, Athenian Empire, Hermes,
•    Hubris, Womb Envy, Herms, Caduceus, Io

Week 06 (17-21 February)
•    Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Apollo vs. Dionysus
•    Delphic Oracle, Actaeon, Hubris, Miasma

Week 07 (24-28 February)
•    Aphrodite, katabasis, underworld, Myth of Er, mystery religion
•    Cybele, 53 Top Sinners, Charon, Cerberus, Hades, Socrates, Symposium

Week 08 (02-06 March)
•    Mystery Religion, Demeter/Dionysus, Hippolytus, Review
•    Comedy, Tragedy, rituals, Apollo vs. Dionysus, anthropomorphism, Weltanschauung

Week 09 (09-13 March)
•    Midterm Exam: Thursday, 12 March
•    Heracles and the Heroic
•    Heracles (Hercules), Herometer

Week 10 (23-27 March)

Week 11 (30 March-3 April)

Week 12 (06-08 April)

Easter Holiday (09-10 April)

Week 13 (13-17 April)

Week 14 (20-24 April)

Week 15 (27 April-01 May)

Week 16 (04 May-07 May)

Study Day (08 May)

Final Exam: Tuesday, 12 May @11:00 am OR Wednesday, 13 May @11:00 am (alternate time)