01:190:207 (72591) Greek and Roman Mythology
MTh 2  (9:50-10:20) Loree 024
Lowell Edmunds, Department of Classics, RAB 008, DC
932 9305; edmunds@rci.rutgers.edu
Office hour: 4:30 - 5:30 W in RAB 008

Goals of the course:

To acquire knowledge of the principal Greek and Roman myths.
To strengthen a historical sense of Greek and Roman myth in cultural context.
To become aware of the most important contemporary approaches to Greek and Roman myth.
To develop the ability to formulate and express critical opinions on issues raised during the course.

Webpages for course: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~edmunds; www.prenhall.com/powell

Evaluation: A total of six tests: four quizzes (total of 60%), mid-term (20%), and final examination (20%). The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.  After the first test, all the rest are cumulative: they all require knowledge of the material covered in the previous tests. Quizzes are multiple choice.  Mid-term and final are essays.  All tests are required.  Papers or other forms of work may not be substituted for the tests.  There is no option for extra credit. Quizzes cover: passages from Greek, Roman, and other literature quoted in Powell; questions of the kind found on the Prentice-Hall webpage for the textbook; questions covering any and all material in the textbook, including the captions of illustrations.

Grading: 59 or below = F; 60-69 = D; 70-75 = C; 76-79 = C+; 80-85 = B; 86-89 = B+; 90 or above = A.  Grades will not be scaled or "curved."  59.5 or higher will be rounded off to 60; 69.5 or higher to 70; etc.  59.4 or lower will not be rounded off to 60; 69.4 or lower will not be rounded off to 70; etc.  Because the mid-term and final are required, the only T grade that can be given to a student who misses one or the other or both is TF.

Policy on tests: No test may be taken in advance of the announced date and time. No test may be taken after the announced date and time. (The time of all quizzes and the mid-term falls within class time on the announced dates.) Students should bring two no. 2 pencils and an eraser to each quiz.  Students may not wear headsets or earphones of any kind during tests.  To repeat, papers or other forms of work may not be substituted for the tests.  There are absolutely no make-up quizzes.  No excuse whatsoever will be accepted.  Students will be eligible for a make-up mid-term or final examination only on the basis of the original copy of a medical excuse, which must be signed by a doctor of medicine.  Any other form of excuse must be specifically recommended by the appropriate dean's office and must be signed by a dean.  Boilerplate excuses will not be accepted (e.g., "X has been experiencing personal difficulties which may have affected his/her studies.  Please extend consideration to him/her.")

Policy on lectures and discussions:  It is expected that students will attend lectures, ask questions, and participate in discussions.  Because much of the content of the course will emerge in this format, the instructor's lecture notes, brief in any case, may not accurately reflect the "lecture" on any given day.  For this reason, lecture notes will not be distributed by e-mail or in any other format.  Nor will summaries of "lectures" be available by e-mail or in any other format.

Required texts:
Barry B. Powell, Classical Myth, 3rd ed. (Prentice Hall, 2001).  ISBN: 0130884421.  Must be 3rd ed.
Michael Halleran, Euripides: Heracles (Focus) ISBN: 0-941051-01-3
Michael Halleran, Euripides: Hippolytus (Focus) ISBN: 0-941051-86-2

Introduction to Assignments in Powell: In Powell, there are approximately 655 pages of text to read and study.  Over 11 weeks, the assignments will amount to an average of 59 pages per week.  Students are responsible for all the material in each chapter, including the Key Terms at the end of each chapter and also for the lists of names and things for most chapters which appear in this syllabus.  In some cases, there is overlap.  Students are responsible for both lists.  Students are also responsible, for each chapter, for the section "Objectives" to be found on the Prentice-Hall webpage for Powell.  Finally, material additional to Powell will be presented in lectures and students are responsible for this material.  For this reason, attendance at lectures is necessary. Read each of the chapters before the first date on the syllabus at which it is to be discussed. Read each of the plays (Weeks 13 and 14) before the first date on the syllabus at which it is to be discussed.


Week 1 Thurs. Jan. 24 Introduction.

Week 2  Mon. Jan. 28 Thurs. Jan. 31

Powell 1: The Nature of Myth (13); 2: The Cultural Context of Classical Myth (30); 3: The Development of Classical Myth (22)

2: Archaic Period; Argolis; Athens; Attica; Boeotia; Bronze Ages (Early, Middle);  Classical Period; Cnossus; Corinth; Crete; Dark Age; Euboea; Hellenistic Period; Ionia; Laconia; Macedonia; Mycenae; Mycenaean Age; Neolithic Age; Paleolithic Age; Peloponnesus; Sparta; Troy; 3: Abraham; Akkadians; Babylonians; Enlil; Hebrews; Hesiod; Hittites; Homer; Indo-European; Linear B; Moses; rhapsodes; Sumerians

Week 3  Mon. Feb. 4 Thurs. Feb. 7

Powell 4: Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus (32); 5: Myths of Creation: The Origins of Mortals (27)

4: Amalthea Cerberus; Chaos; Chimera; Cronus; Cyclopes; Erinyes; Gaea; Giants; Harpies; Homeric Hymns; Hydra; Marduk; Sphinx; Teshub; Titanomachy; Titans; Typhoeus; Uranus; 5: Deucalion and Pyrrha; Noah; Pandora; Prometheus

Week 4  Mon. Feb. 11 Thurs. Feb. 14

Powell 6: Myths of the Olympians: Zeus and Hera (16); 7: Myths of the Olympians: The Male Deities (39)

6: Greek and Roman names of the twelve Olympians (see p. 681); 7:  Delos; Delphi; Hades / Pluto; Medusa; Pan; Pegasus; Pythia; Python

Week 5  Mon. Feb. 18 QUIZ 1 Thurs. Feb. 21

Powell 8: Myths of the Olympians: The Female Deities (23); 9: Myths of Fertility: Demeter and the Great Goddess (31)

8: Actaeon; Arachne; Callisto; Hecate; Hermaphroditus; Nausicaa; Niobe; Orion; Parthenon; Priapus; Pygmalion; 9: Cybele and Attis; Demeter and Persephonê; Eleusis; Hades; Inanna and Dumuzi; Isis and Osiris; Korê

Week 6  Mon. Feb. 25 Thurs. Feb. 28

Powell 10: Myths of Fertility: Dionysus (33); 11: Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld (28)

10: Agave; Ariadne; Aristotle; Bacchae / maenads; City Dionysia; dithyramb; Ino; Midas; Nietzsche; Pentheus; satyrs; Semele; Theater of Dionysus; 11: Odysseus; Teiresias; Elpenor; Anticlea; Tantalus; Sisyphus; Elysium; Menelaüs; Acheron; Aeneas; Sibyl; Charon; Styx; Ixion; Dante, Divine Comedy; Orpheus; Eurydice; Michelangelo

Week 7  Mon. Mar. 4 Thurs. Mar. 7 QUIZ 2

Powell 12: Introduction to Heroic Myth (7); 13: Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain (22)

12: Gilgamesh; Enkidu; Utnapishtim; Bull of Heaven; Ishtar; 13: Andromeda; Danaë; Danaïds; Gorgons; Io; Medusa; Mycenae; Perseus; Prometheus

Week 8  Mon. Mar. 11 MID-TERM Thurs. Mar. 14

Powell 14: Heracles (36); 15: Theseus and the Myths of Athens (33)

14: Alcestis; Alcmena; Amphitryon; Apples of the Hesperides; Augean Stables; Cerberus; Chiron; Choice of Heracles; Hydra; Megara; 15: Acropolis; Amazonomachy; Amazons; Antiope; autochthnous, autochthony; Cecrops; Erichthonius; Hippolytus; Philomela; Potiphar's Wife; Procne; Procrustes; Tereus

Recess Mar. 17-24

Week 9  Mon. Mar. 25 Thurs. Mar. 28

Powell 16: The Myths of Crete (24); 17: Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes (27)

16: Cadmus; Daedalus; Europa; Icarus; Labyrinth; Minos; Minotaur; Pablo Picasso; Pasiphaë; Rhadamanthys; Sarpedon; surrealism; Talus; W.H. Auden; 17: Amphion; Antigone; Colonus; Creon; Eteocles; Haemon; Ismene; Jocasta; Laius; Oedipus; Polyneices; Seven against Thebes; Zethus

Week 10  Mon. Apr. 1 Thurs. Apr. 4 QUIZ 3

Powell 18: Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon (34); 19: The Trojan War: The House of Atreus; The Anger of Achilles (34)

18: Althaea; Argo; Atalanta; Corinth; Golden Fleece; Harpies; Hellespont; Jason; Medea; Meleager; Pelias; Seneca; 19: Achilles; Ajax; Andromachê; Atreus; Dioscuri / Castor and Pollux; Hector; Helen; Judgement of Paris; Leda; Odysseus; Paris / Alexander; Peleus; Pelops; Priam; Thetis; Thyestes

Week 11  Mon. Apr. 8 Thurs. Apr. 11

Powell 20: The Trojan War: The Fall of Troy; The Return of Agamemnon (20);  21: The Return of Odysseus (27)

20: Aegisthus; Aeschylus, Oresteia; Cassandra; Clytemnestra; Electra; Judgment of the Arms of Achilles; Laocoön; Orestes; Penthesilea; polis; trilogy; Trojan Horse; 21: Calypso; Circê; Ithaca; Lotus Eaters; Nausicaä; Penelope; Polyphemus; Scylla and Charybdis; Sirens; Telemachus

Week 12  Mon. Apr. 15 Thurs. Apr. 18

Powell 22: Roman Myth (32); 23: Theories of Myth Interpretation (26)

22: Aeneas; Aeneid; Aesculapius; Carthage; Dido; Dis / Pluto; genius; golden bough; Hercules; Janus; Lares; numina; Penates; Proserpina; Romulus and Remus; sacrificium; Saturnus; Sibyl; Ulysses; Vergil; Vesta; Vestal Virgins; 23: allegory; Enlightenment; etymology; symbolism

Week 13  Mon. Apr. 22 Thurs. Apr 25

Michael Halleran, Euripides: Heracles (Focus), with introduction and notes.

Week 14  Mon. Apr 29 Thurs. May 2

Michael Halleran, Euripides: Hippolytus (Focus), with introduction and notes.

Week 15 Mon. May 6 QUIZ 4


Wed. May  15 8:00 - 11:00 A.M.  Final Examination.

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