CLSS-170-01 Intro to Classical Myth
Fall for 2017-2018
This course surveys the major traditional myths of the ancient Greeks and considers briefly the role of myth among the Romans. Students will examine the uses and meaning of myth within the contexts of ancient culture and study modern critical theories for interpreting them. In class lectures and discussion are used; classwork is supplemented by formal discussion of theoretical essays in Blackboard. Upon finishing this course students will:

• know the genealogies, major stories, and thematic significance of the Greek Olympians as well as their Roman counterparts;
• know the major cycles of heroic myth as well as the thematic significance of individual stories;
• be acquainted with major theoretical approaches to the study of myth itself;
• demonstrate an ability willingness to participate in a cordial, constructive, and effective way in online discussions;
• learn how to write a short summary and analysis of the ideas and interpretations of fellow students as well as interpret the essay under discussion.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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