Myths, Monsters, and Misogyny: An Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology|
In this class we will read literary versions of myths from Greece and Rome and look at representations in ancient and later art. Starting with myths of the creation, we will move on to look at the individual gods and goddesses, their powers, and their place in ancient religion, then to the often perilous interactions of humans and gods. In the second half of the semester, we will concentrate on the heroes and heroines of mythology, ending with the Trojan War and its aftermath. The course aims to give a basic grounding in the stories and the images--creating mythologically literate students. As that analogy implies, we will also analyze myth as a system of communication and consider how these myths portray the world, the divine, and the place of men and women in relation to the gods, to nature, and to society.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CCIV)(CLAS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selected plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides;
Selections from Ovid's METAMORPHOSES
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly creative projects; bi-weekly tests.
|Instructor(s): Witzke,Serena S. Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: JUDD116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 50||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 15||FR: 15|