Classics 280g: Classical Mythology

This course will introduce students to the myths of ancient Greece – stories about gods, heroes, and monsters that people used to explain their relationship to the world around them. We will concentrate on the ideological messages they transmitted in original social, religious, and artistic contexts, but we will also examine the role of Greek myths in contemporary society. Because literature provides us with the fullest accounts of these narratives, we will read key texts of the classical literary tradition, including the Homeric epics and Athenian tragedies. These textual portrayals of divinities and ancestors will be supplemented by visual representations and artifacts preserved in the archaeological record.

Fulfills GE Category I.