Class Introduction:

Classical Mythology traces the human quest to understand our world and mankindís place in the universe through the exploration of Greek and Roman myths. Students will read ancient texts, plays, epics, poetry, and modern literature containing allusions to classical mythology. Topics of study will include the historical and theoretical basis of myths and archetypes, including heroes, monsters, quests, and cautionary tales. The course serves as a historical foundation for ideas and attitudes of contemporary culture and explores how references to mythology permeate our modern world through art, literature, and music. Classical Mythology will include extensive reading, discussion, creative and analytical writing, and oral presentations.