CLAS-C205-01 Classical Mythology

Fall 2010

Dr. Damian Fleming

 

 

Class meeting: MWF 10 am - 10:50 am, KT 245

Office Hours:  MW 11 am - 1 pm (or by appointment)

Office: LA 149 (in English Department)

Contact information:      Office phone: (260) 481-0192

Email: flemingd@ipfw.edu

 

Course  Website: http://users.ipfw.edu/flemingd/mythF10.html

 

Course Description:

An introduction to Greek and Roman myths, legends, and tales, especially those that have an important place in the Western cultural tradition.

 

Approved by Arts and Sciences for the Cultural Studies (Western Tradition) requirement. If you are required by placement examination to take ENG P131, ENG R150, or W130, it is recommended that you complete that requirement before enrolling in this course.

 

This course fulfills the Area IV General Education requirement (Humanistic Thought)

 

 

Required Texts (Available at IPFW Bookstore):

·         100 Characters from Classical Mythology (Barron's Educational Series, 2007) ISBN: 0764160060

·         Anthology Of Classical Myth: Primary Sources in Translation (Hackett, 2004) ISBN: 0872207218

·         The Essential Homer: Selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett, 2000) ISBN: 0872205401

 

                  

Always bring the appropriate text to class; it is necessary for informed discussion; failure to bring your text to class is equivalent to an absence (and you better check out the attendance policy).

 

 

 

Course Requirements:

1.   Daily attendance and vigorous participation in class fueled by close reading of all assignments

2.   Occasional Quizzes

3.   2 Research Projects, to be submitted online

4.   Midterm and Final examination

 

Attendance policy:

This course is based in active participation; as a result, attendance in class is essential.  

 

·         3 absences: participation grade = 0%

·         4 absences = course failure

 

NOTE:

·         There are NO excused absences.

·         Excessive lateness will count as an absence.

·         Leaving class early will count as an absence.

·         Sleeping in class will count as an absence.

 

Regardless of cause, you are responsible for all work missed during absences, including changes to the class schedule announced in class.

 

If you do not feel that this is a fair attendance policy or if you do not believe you will be able to fulfill it, the instructor asks you to please drop this class as soon as possible.  This class is full, and there are many other students waiting to get in.

 

Students who miss the first day of class are required to hand in a signed Syllabus Contract before Monday, Sept 30.  Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course. 

 

Writing Assignments:

Engrave the following on your brain:

·         I do not accept any late work

·         Grade for late work: 0%, returned without comment

    • Computer mishaps are not an acceptable excuse.

 

Give yourself plenty of time and leeway to get your work done and to deal with bumps in the road should they occur.  Pretend, at least for this class, that you are operating in the real world.

 

Failure to submit any written assignment will result in a failing grade for the course

 

Exams and Quizzes:

We will have a midterm and a final based on the text readings and material covered in class. 

 

We will also have occasional quizzes testing comprehension of the previous night’s reading.  Quizzes cannot be made up.

 

Grading:

        Participation:                                              10%

          Research Projects:                                      30%

          Exams and quizzes:

                   Quizzes                                             10%

                   Midterm and Final                            50%

 

Grade Scale:


A          95–100  Outstanding Scholarship

A -        90–94

B+        87–89

B          84–86    Superior

        80–83

C+        77–79

C          74–76    Average

        70–73

D+        65–69

D          60–64    Lowest passing quality

F          below 60


 

Students with disabilities:

In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability, you may be eligible to request accommodations from the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations and should have equal access to learning.  If you have any questions or you believe you need accommodations, contact the SSD office, Walb Union 113, Phone/TTD: 260 - 481 - 6657 http://www.ipfw.edu/ssd/

 

Keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive so it is best to register as soon as possible so that timely arrangements can be made.

 

For all Students:

No retroactive accommodations can be made.  If you feel that you have an issue which may affect your ability to succeed in this class, you must come see me before you’ve defaulted on the class.  Hopefully, any issue can be resolved, but no issue can be resolved after the fact. 

 

 

Academic honesty:

 

USING ANOTHER PERSON’S WORDS OR IDEAS WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION IS PLAGIARISM.

Plagiarism will earn you an F for the course, and possible expulsion from the University.  If you borrow an idea or quote from another author, you must cite where you found the material. If you have any questions about citing sources, please **ASK** before your turn in an assignment.  I am happy to help, or visit the Writing Center. http://www.ipfw.edu/casa/writing/)

 

Concerning Text-Messaging in Class

       Text-messaging during the class period will result in a failing grade         for the course

 

If you find you have any questions about your final grade for the course, this link may prove helpful

 

Schedule:

 

**note: This schedule is subject to change; missing class is NOT an excuse for not knowing about changes to the schedule (see above: attendance).

 

You own “100CH,” “ACM,” and “Illiad” and “Odyssey”

 

Underlined texts refer to required readings outside of the text; use syllabus online for hyperlinks directly to texts.

 

Week

Date

Topic

Readings

Other assignments

1

M

23

Intro to class

 

Request access to our class wiki

 

W

25

Intro to Myth

ACM "Note to students" xvi-xxiii

Get all the books

 

F

27

Cultural context of Myth

ACM  337-375 (from Plato, Symposium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

M

30

Sources of Myth

ACM 131-135 (Hesiod, Theogony, intro)

 

 

 

 

100CH 66 (Muses)

Sample Quiz today

SEPT

W

1

Sources of Myth, cont'd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

3

Myths of Creation

ACM 135-160 (Hesiod, Theogony)

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 209 (Homeric Hymn to Gaia)

 

 

 

 

 

100CH 10-21

 

3

M

LABOR DAY

 

 

 

W

8

Myths of Creation, cont'd

Hebrew Creation story Genesis 1:1–2:2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

10

Creation of Mortals

ACM 146-149 (Hesiod, Theogony: Prometheus and Pandora)

 

 

 

 

ACM 161-164 (Hesiod, Works and Days, Pandora)

 

 

 

 

100CH 74-76

 

 

 

 

 

Second Hebrew creation story Genesis 2:3–3:24

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

M

13

Mortal's cont'd

ACM 164-167 (Hesiod, Works and Days, Five Ages)

 

 

 

 

ACM 6-7 (Aeschylus, Prometheus Freed)

 

 

 

 

Selection from Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

 

 

 

 

Universal Flood: Ovid 1.244-437

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Genesis 6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

15

Olympians: Zeus and Hera

Illiad, 8.1-54; 14.296-359; 15.1-80

 

 

 

 

 

Illiad 1.521-643

 

 

 

 

 

100CH 25-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

17

Male Olympians

 

Project Selection Due, online

 

 

 

Poseidon

100CH 29; Illiad 13.1-42

 

 

 

 

Apollo

100 CH 37; Illiad 1.41-66

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 178-187 (Homeric Hymn to Apollo)

 

 

 

 

 

Apollo and Coronis Ovid: 2.531-632

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

M

20

Haephestus

100CH 43

 

 

 

 

 

Illiad, 18.368-467

 

 

 

 

Ares

100CH 33

 

 

 

 

 

Odyssey, 8.256-366

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 204 (Homeric Hymn to Ares)

 

 

 

 

Hermes

100CH 42

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 187-197 (Homeric Hymn to Hermes)

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 206 (Homeric Hymn to Pan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

22

Female Olympians

 

 

 

 

 

Hestia

100CH 31; ACM 208 (Homeric Hymn to Hestia)

 

 

 

Aphrodite

100CH 40-41; ACM 197-203 (Homeric Hymn Aphrodite)

 

 

 

 

Pygmalion Ovid 10.243-297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

24

Artemis

100CH 38; ACM 204 (Homeric Hymn)

 

 

 

 

 

Illiad 650-657

 

 

 

 

 

Acteon: Ovid 3.138-252

 

 

 

 

Athena

100CH 34-35; ACM 204-205; 208

 

 

 

 

 

Illiad, 1.198-234

 

 

 

 

 

Illiad 8.335-396

 

 

 

 

 

Arachne: Ovid 6.1-145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

M

27

Olympians cont'd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

29

Fertility: Demeter

100CH

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 169-178 (Homeric Hymn to Demeter)

 

 

 

 

 

Ovid 5.332-572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCT

F

1

Demeter cont'd

 

First Project Due

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

M

4

Fertility: Dionysius

100CH

 

 

 

 

 

ACM 168-169; 203 (Homeric Hymns to Dionysius)

 

 

 

 

Illiad 6.124-146

 

 

 

 

 

selection from Catullus 64

(same as html)

 

 

 

 

 

selections from Eurypides, Bacchae

 

 

 

 

 

Midus: Ovid 11.85-145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

6

Midterm Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

8

Midterm Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

M

FALL BREAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

13

Myths of Death

100CH

Project evaluations due

 

 

 

 

Illiad 23.60-119

 

 

 

 

 

Odyssey Book 11 (complete)

 

 

 

Second half of schedule, focusing on Heroes of Mythology, TBA

 

Second half due dates:

 

Friday, Nov 5, Second Project Selection Due

 

Friday, Dec 3, Second Project Due

 

FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 8-10 a.m.

 


Exam Type Questions: EXPLICATION

 

 

The exams and quizzes for this course will be focused on close reading of the passages of primary texts found in our book.  Primary texts are the direct quotations from ancient works of literature (rather than the summary provided through out by our text book author).  Focusing on these passages will help us appreciate the role that individual authors and their cultural context play in the creation of myth.

The assignment for each response will look like this:

 

Explicate ONE of the following passages.  Your essay MUST contain the following information:

Identify the work it's from, the author, the rough time period.  Explain what is it saying, how does it fit in with the immediate context (identify the speaker, other important characters if relevant), how does it contribute meaning to the work as a whole? (some essential summary can be okay here).  Finally – what importance does it have for your general study of myth? That is, why, of all the passages from the work that could have been reproduced in your book, was this one chosen?

All papers MUST answer all of these questions.  Outstanding papers will answer all of these questions in smooth, concise, polished prose, with additional quotations where necessary.

Include the passage you are explication at the top of your paper (single spaced, in smaller font if extra space is needed).