CLAS-C205-01 Classical Mythology

Fall 2010

Dr. Damian Fleming


Research Project 2:


Both of your projects for this course will ask you to compare presentations of a mythological character or story, and will result in online projects of about 750 words.


In your second project, due Tuesday, April 19, you will compare ancient accounts of a myth or character from myth with something from modern popular culture, such as a movie, modern novel, children’s book, video game, advertisement, or product. 


An “ancient account” is the primary texts found in our Anthology of Classical Myth, Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey, or Ovid’s Metamorphosis, for example.  To be considered an “ancient account,” the text must be written before 400 CE.  The story summaries found in our 100 Characters book and similar books and online resources are *NOT* ancient accounts.


Your point of comparison from popular culture can really be anything about which you can make a meaningful comparison with Greek myth.  As we’ve discussed in class, Greek myth has played a huge role in Western and American culture and continues to fascinate modern readers, audiences, and consumers.  I particularly encourage creativity for this project: keep your eyes peeled for Greek Myth all around you.



Step 1: Find Something in Popular Culture


Post your name and you project idea on our website before class on Thursday, March 24


If appropriate or possible, upload or link to a relevant bit of media, such as an image or clip



Step 2: Research


This project is slightly different than the last, in that you will not have to do a lot of research for your Modern Object.  Briefly introduce your object, explaining as much as you believe is necessary for your classmates.



The key research part here will be, like the first project, finding relevant ancient sources with which to compare your modern object.  Be just as specific: provide large block quotations from whatever primary texts are relevant to your project.  Of course, pick and choose among the possible sources to see which are the most relevant for your project, but provide full quotations from the texts that are appropriate.  If a text is included in one of our course-books, you must cite from that translation.  



Step 3: Write your Project


In polished, concisely written, formal prose, write up a 750 word introduction to Object, its myth, and its ancient sources, including all the information listed in the sections above.



Step 4: Publish: Dec 3


Upload your complete project onto our wiki before class starts on Tuesday, April 19.  Late projects will not be accepted.



Step 5: Peer Evaluate: Before class on Tuesday, April 26


Read and Evaluate each other’s Projects


Evaluations must be (anonymously) posted online in the “Comments” box on the appropriate entry before class on Tuesday, April 26.


Additionally, bring in a print out with all your evaluations on it.


You will read carefully and formally evaluate 10 (ten) of your peers’ Projects.  You will then write a paragraph review of the entry and provide a grade on a scale of A – F.  Before class on April 26, anonymously post your evaluations onto our wiki, and also hand into me a typed collection of all your evaluations (so I can give you credit for your work).




Each student will review the 10 entries which follow their own on the wiki (looping back to the top when necessary).


 Use the anonymous log-ins listed in the sidebar (and below) to post your comments


End each assessment with a grade (A–F) which you would assign this entry


Hand into me a printout of all your evaluations



Thoughts on Peer evaluating:


You do not need to an expert on art or mythology to evaluate each other’s work.  On the contrary, everyone should write their project with their classmates in mind as an audience.  You should seek clarity without condescension.  When evaluating, clarity should be one of your primary criteria.  Can you follow the student-author’s explanations?  Is the student-author providing information at a level appropriate to this class?  Secondly, evaluators should feel free to consider the perceived effort put forth in preparing the project.  Is it clearly written, and free from basic typographical errors?  Is it interesting and well researched?  Has the author seemed to minimally follow the assignment, matched the assignment appropriately, or perhaps gone above and beyond the expectations of the assignment?  Feel free to mentally compare your peers’ projects with your own.


Also feel free to investigate any suspicious wording.  If you find that one of your peers appears to have plagiarized, let us know.  It’s often a good idea to directly compare a peer’s work with Wikipedia to see if they have taken the easiest way out.