Instructor: Cindy Benton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: Prall House 102, x4506.
Office Hours: W & Th 11-12 and by appointment.
Class meetings: M & W 1-3, T & Th 9-11 & 1-3, F 9-11
Course Description: The myths of ancient Greece and Rome provide
material for much of western literature, art, and music. This course will
introduce you to some of these myths and their appearance in Greek and
Roman literature. In particular, we will ask what we can learn about a
culture from their myths and its appropriations of mythic traditions.
By tracing these mythic traditions through several periods in antiquity
and contemporary culture we will explore how and why myths and their meanings
change over time.
- Hesiod: Theogony, Richard Caldwell trans.
- The Iliad of Homer, Richmond Lattimore trans.
- Aeschylus I , Grene & Lattimore eds.
- Euripides I, Grene & Lattimore eds.
- Euripides: Bacchae, Paul Woodruff trans.
- Ovid: Metamorphoses, Rolfe Humphries trans.
- Seneca's Trojan Women, Fredrick Ahl trans.
- Response Papers: 1-2 page discussion of your reactions to the
assigned reading. These papers are designed to encourage you to explore
your ideas about the readings and to help prepare you for class discussions.
They will be graded on the depth to which you actively engage the readings
and the level of thought you put into your reflections. You can address
the study questions or anything else you find interesting as you do
the readings. There will be two response papers due each of the first
three weeks, you can choose which six days to turn them in, but I need
at least one by each Wednesday.
- Exams: Each exam will be a combination of short answer/passage
identification and essay questions taken from the readings and class
discussions. The second exam will primarily concentrate on the material
we have covered since the first exam. Exams are scheduled for Oct. 12
- Final Paper/Presentation: The final project will be a combination
of individual essays and group presentations which will trace the transformations
of specific mythic figures from antiquity through the present. Each
group will choose a mythic figure and each member will be responsible
for writing a 5-7 page essay discussing this figure in a particular
piece of literature, art, music, theater, or film. At least one essay
from each group should address an ancient version of the mythic figure
and one a contemporary representation. Each group will then use the
individual essays to create a presentation on the transformation of
their mythic figure from antiquity to the present. We will discuss the
projects in detail the first week of class. For more information, click
here. Proposals will be due on October
15th. Individual essays and critiques are due on October 24th.
The final two days of the course will be reserved for presentations.
- Class Discussion: This includes coming to class prepared and participating
actively in discussion..
- 20% class participation and response papers.
- 50% exams (25% each).
- 30% final paper/presentation (15% based on the individual essays and
15% based on the group presentation)