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Greek Mythology (CLHU O294)MWF 12:30-1:20Bobet 212Dr. Karen RosenbeckerBobet 312krosenbe@loyno.eduOffice Hours Spring ‘19M 2:00-3:00TR 3:30-4:00and by appointmentGreek MythologyPlease note that all dates, times, and assignmentsare subject to change at instructor discretionRequired Texts:Classical Mythology (11th ed.), Mark P.O. Morford, Robert Lenardon, and Michael Sham; OxfordUniversity Press (2017). ISBN 9780190851644. Est. Price Range: 11.00- 94.00Please note that there are many editions of this book available. Should you choose to use an earlier edition, be aware that you are stillresponsible for any content available in the 11th that my not be in the earlier editions.NB-- This class requires that you have consistent access to Blackboard and the ability to explore theOn-line Resource Site for the Textbook. If you are not able to access the Blackboard site for thisclass, please go to the Monroe Library circulation desk ASAP and ask them to add you to the classlist.On-line resource site for the textbook:www.classicalmythology.org 97703/)Brief Course Overview: Throughout this class, we will become familiar with the major story arcs inGreek and Roman Mythology. We will become versed in recognizing iconographic representations ofgods, goddesses, and heroes both in classical and post-classical art; we will also explore how the genres ofliterature that preserve these stories have shaped them and how modern thinkers have delved into thequestion “why is mythology important?”Course Goals, Objectives, and Student Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to.1. The course will help you develop effective skills in critical thinking and writing through in-classwriting, exams, presentations, and discussions.2. The course will help you develop reading, listening, and speaking skills through the assigned texts,class discussion, and responses to the texts and to other students’ ideas3. The course will help you develop an appreciation for the importance of mythology not just forGreco-Roman culture, but also for the history of Western Europe and modern America.4. The course will help you recognize those basic story patterns and character archetypes that arerooted in Greek/Roman mythology and that profoundly influence later authors and genres ofliterature.5. The course will help you recognize classical tropes and images in the fine arts.6. The course will help you focus on issues of the relationship of god/God and humanity, specificallyhow that connection is represented in literature and art and how that the human conception of thatrelationship changes over time.

Basis for Course Grade: Grading ScaleWeekly Reading Quizzes20%Exams 1-480%Types of Assignments:Weekly Reading Quizzes: will be brief quizzes given in a variety of formats meant to encourage studentsto keep up with the reading and reward them for studying throughout the term. The topic and format of thequizzes will be announced ahead of time and posted on BlackBoard so that students will have ample timeto study.Exams 1-4:will contain a variety of formats (i.e. short answer, slide identification, essay answer,multiple choice, etc.). Study guides for each will be give out in class and posted on BlackBoard, and sometime for review before each exam will be set aside in class. Exam 4 will NOT be a traditional cumulativefinal.Attendance: Please note that attendance is NOT part of your grade for this class. It does not need to be. Ithas been my experience that poor attendance will naturally result in poor grades, and so I do not “take roll”.Having said that, I will know who has been in class regularly and who has not.What to do if you miss class:Emergencies happen. Illnesses happen. When you must miss class, thebest thing to do is to get notes from a classmate and copies of all handouts ASAP, and then to come speakto me about what you missed.Rescheduling Quizzes and Exams: If you have a scheduling conflict with any of the quizzes or exams,PLEASE SPEAK TO ME IN PERSON AHEAD OF TIME. YOU MUST RECEIVE MY PERMISSIONTO RESCHEDULE AND SET A NEW DATE WITH ME IMMEDIATELY. YOU MAY NOTRESCHEDULE A RESCHEDULED EXAM. I have no problem rescheduling most things if I am givenprior notice. However, if you come to me after the fact (i.e. you’ve already missed a quiz/exam) and ask totake it, the answer will be no.Extra Credit: Periodically during the term, I will make extra credit options available. Extra credit islagniappe. It will not bolster a dismal test grade, but it will fill in a point of two on dismal quizzes. Pleasebe aware that extra credit is neither a mandatory part of this course nor a requirement for this course; yourparticipation in extra credit events is NOT compulsory.How to Do Well in this Class: Come to class. Even if you have not done the readings and are confusedby mythology, come to class. Even if you are confident that you have mastered the material, come to class.Even if you must come directly from the Boot, just come to class.Contacting Rosenbecker: Although you can reach me via email, you will get a response faster if you textme. You are welcome to text me about anything related to class at 504.982.2656. When you do, pleaseinclude your name and which class you are in as well as your question. Please also understand thatsometimes I may be unable to answer your text for a while. Also, be aware that more complicated issuesare impossible to discuss via text and are better off saved for an in-person meeting.Cheating and Plagiarism All work in this class is to be done without unauthorized data and/or help. Theuniversity’s mandate against representing someone else’s academic work as one’s own applies to ALLassignments in all classes. Any student caught in violation of this rule may be failed for the assignment inquestion and as a result may fail the course (see I. Integrity of Scholarship and Grades in the StudentHandbook).Technology PolicyPlease do NOT use your laptops/tablets for note-taking in class. There will beassignments/activities for which we will need them, but not for daily activities. If you would like to useyour devices in class, please check in with me first.

Schedule of Readings and TopicsThis Schedule is subject to change for reasons both within and beyond my control.Please note that additional instructions/readings will be handed out in class.How to read for class:Be aware that while lectures and in-class discussions will focus on specific material in a given MLSchapter, you will still need to read the whole chapter and be responsible for the material in it. The supportmaterials and quizzes can be very helpful in this regard (see support site at: ompanion.websites/9780195397703/)Readings:MLS Readings in Classical Mythology TextbookBB Readings posted on BlackBoardWeek One: Introduction to Greek MythologyM 01/07IntroductionMLS 2: Historical Background for Greek MythW 01/09MLS 1: Definitions and Ideas about MythologyF 01/11Reading for Discussion:Excerpts from Homer’s Iliad (BB)Week Two: Views of Creation and Order; Life as Conflict? Tolkien’s MythosM 01/14MLS 3: Creation and Divine OrderW 01/16MLS 4: Zeus’ Rise to PowerF 01/18Reading for Discussion: Excerpt from the Book of Genesis (BB), “TheMusic of the Ainur” (Tolkien, BB), “Prometheus Against Zeus”from the Theogony (MLS 4)Week Three: The Rise of Zeus, The Creation of ManM 01/21Martin Luther King Jr. DayW 01/23MLS 6: The Nature of the GodsF 01/25MLS 5: Zeus, Hera and Their ChildrenWeek Four: The Plight of Man, Sea Deities, EXAM 1M 01/28Reading for Discussion: “The Tragedy of Croesus” fromHerodotus’ Histories (MLS 6), “The Creation of Pandora”from the Theogony (MLS 4), “The Ages of Man” from Works and Days(MLS 4)W 01/30MLS 7: Poseidon and Sea DeitiesReview for Exam 1F 02/01Exam 1Week Five:The Archetype of the Virgin Goddess; Hindu MythologyM 02/04MLS 8: AthenaW 02/06MLS 10: Artemis

F 02/08Reading for Discussion: “The Birth of Kali” from Linga Purana (BB),“The Birth of Athena” from the Homeric Hymn to Athena (MLS 8)Week Six:Goddesses of Love and Fertility; Mesopotamian MythologyM 02/11MLS 9: Aphrodite and ErosW 02/13MLS 14:Demeter and the Eleusinian MysteriesF 02/15Reading for Discussion: “The Affair of Aphrodite and Ares”from the Odyssey (MLS 5), “The Rape of Persephone” from theHomeric Hymn to Demeter (MLS 14), “The Wrath of Ishtar” from theEpic of Gilgamesh (BB)Week Seven Numen Lumen—Light, Intelligence, Creativity; Norse MythologyM 02/18MLS 11: ApolloW 02/20MLS 12: HermesF 02/22Reading for Discussion: “Hermes Steals Apollo’s Cattle” from theHomeric Hymn to Hermes (MLS 18), “The Theft of Thor’s Hammer”from Thrimksvitha (BB)Week Eight: Exam 2; DionysusM 02/25Exam 2W 02/27MLS 13:F 03/01Reading for Discussion: Excerpts from the Bacchae (Euripides, BB)DionysusWeek Nine: Mardi Gras Break! Go worship Dionysus!Week Ten:Heroic Quests; Polynesian MythologyM 03/11MLS 24:Jason and MedeaW 03/13MLS 21:PerseusF 03/15Readings for Discussion: Paikea rides the whale (BB)Week Eleven: The Trojan War and the Idea of the Hero; Celtic MythologyM 03/18MLS 19:W 03/20Reading for Discussion: “Hector and Andromache”, “Priam RansomsHector” (Homer, BB)F 03/22Excerpts from the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Kinsella [trans], BB)Week Twelve:M 03/25MLS 18:The Trojan Cycle and the IliadThe Hero’s Journey—Learning Through Sufferingin Mycenae and ThebesThe Mycenaean Saga

W 03/27MLS 17: The Theban SagaF 03/29Reading for Discussion: Excerpts from Agamemnon(Aeschylus, BB), Excerpts from Oedipus Tyrannus (Sophocles, BB)Week Thirteen: EXAM 3, The Hero Realized—HerculesM 04/01Exam 3W 04/03MLS 22:F 04/05Reading for Discussion: “The Apotheosis of Hercules” fromthe Metamorphoses (Ovid, BB)HeraclesWeek Fourteen: Making Modern Myth—Joseph Campbell,Walter Burkert, and the BatmanM 04/08Joseph Cambell, Walter Burkert, and Modern Hero with a Thousand Faces—BatmanW 04/10Holy History Books, Batman!—Batman’s origins, incarnation as 60’s pop icon, rebirth asnoir hero in Miller’s The Dark Night graphic novel seriesF 04/12In-Class Viewing: Select scenes from The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008)and Batman: The Movie (Martinson, 1966)Week Fifteen: Easter BreakWeek Sixteen: The Underworld; Roman MythologyW 04/24MLS 15:Views of the Afterlife—The Realm of HadesF 04/26MLS 26:Roman Mythology and SagaWeek Seventeen: Ancient Mystery Cults; Buddhist MythologyM 04/29MLS 16: Orpheus and Orphism—Mystery Religions in Roman TimesW 05/01Reading for Discussion: Orpheus and Eurydice from the Metamorphoses (MLS 16),Siddhartha faces Mara from The Enlightenment of the Buddha (BB)Week EighteenEXAM 4Wednesday May 8th at 11:30

from the Theogony (MLS 4), “The Ages of Man” from Works and Days (MLS 4) W 01/30 MLS 7: Poseidon and Sea Deities Review for Exam 1 F 02/01 Exam 1 Week Five: The Archetype of the Virgin Goddess; Hindu Mythology M 02/04 MLS 8: Athena W 02/06 MLS 10: Artemis

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