Homer Hesiod Hymns Tragedy Remythologizing Tools Canvas Info

Schedule of Readings and Assignments

 

Introduction

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

 

Wed, Jan 16
LECTURE

Introduction

 

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 17/18
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 1: Growing up to be a hero

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

 

Online Assignment: Make sure you're familiar with the "Course Syllabus Pages" section of the website under the "Info" tab.


Odyssey

Books 1-4

Mon, Jan 21

No Class, Martin Luther King Day

 

Wed, Jan 23
LECTURE

Homer, epic poetry and getting started on the Odyssey

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 24/25
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 2: Our man

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Backgrounds

Online Unit 2: Intro to Odyssey
Worksheet 2:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Jan 27

Odyssey
Books 5-8

Mon, Jan 28
LECTURE

From Telemachus to Odysseus

 

Wed, Jan 30
LECTURE

Odysseus and his troubles



Thu/Fri, Jan 31/Feb 1
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 3: This world and the other one

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Our hero on a journey

Online Unit 3: Odysseus and the Trojan War
Worksheet 3:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Feb 3

Odyssey
Books 9-16


 

Mon, Feb 4
LECTURE

The challenges of being out there

 

Wed, Feb 6
LECTURE

The challenges of home

Open Q and A w/ Emily Wilson!

Th/F Feb 7/8
RECITATION

 

 

 

 

Unit 4: Identity and Signs

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Our hero wins his place

Online Unit 4: Odysseus' Journey
Worksheet 4:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Feb 10

Odyssey
Books 17-24

Mon, Feb 11
LECTURE

Odysseus reveals himself

 

Wed, Feb 13
LECTURE

Odysseus cleans house

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 14/15
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 5: Gods and humans

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Hesiod and his sources

Online Unit 5: Intro to Hesiod
Worksheet 5:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Feb. 17

Hesiod, Theogony, entire


Mon, Feb 18
LECTURE

The births of the deathless ones

 

Wed, Feb 20
LECTURE

The ascent of Zeus

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 21/22
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 6: Chthonos to Aether -- review and preparation

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

 

No online assignment -- review previous units

 

Re-read everything!

Mon, Feb 25
LECTURE

Review and Discussion

 

Wed, Feb 27
LECTURE

MIDTERM

 

Th/F Feb 28/Mar 1
RECITATION

Museum day 

 


 

Spring Break: Initiation to Bacchic Rites

 

Unit 7: Ritual and Religion

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

The Homeric Hymns

Online Unit 7: Delphi and Eleusis
Worksheet 7:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 10

Homeric Hymns,Intro, p. vii-xxiv

Homeric Hymn to Demeter(=Hom. Hymns, pp. 3-19)

Homeric Hymn to Apollo (=Hom. Hymns, pp. 19-38)

Mon, Mar 11
LECTURE

Demeter at Eleusis

 

Wed, Mar 13
LECTURE

Apollo at Delphi

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 14/Mar 15
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 8: Justice

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Orestia

Online Unit 8: Family Values
Worksheet 8:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 17

Aeschylus,
Agamemnon
Eumenides

Mon, Mar 18
LECTURE

Justice, family style

 

Wed, Mar 20
LECTURE

What to do with guilt?

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 21/22
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 9: Unstable Selves

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Intro to Oedipus

Online Unit 9
Worksheet 9:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 24

Sophocles,
Oepidus the King

Euripides, Bacchae

Mon, Mar 25
LECTURE

Sophocles' Oedipus

 

Wed, Mar 27
LECTURE

Dionysian Dissolution

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 28/29
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 10: Vergil's Aeneid

Dates

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Writing poetry in the Roman empire

Online Unit 10: Rome
Worksheet 10:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 31

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 1-3


Mon, Apr 1
LECTURE

A new hero

 

Wed, Apr 3
LECTURE

Theory vs. Myth

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 4/5
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 11: Vergil, cont'd

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Culture-making in Augustan Rome

Online Unit 11: Writing Rome
Worksheet 11:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 7

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 4-6

Mon, Apr 8
LECTURE

Myth and history

 

Wed, Apr 10
LECTURE

Myth, history, and culture-making

 

Th/Fri, Apr 11/12
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 12: Parodies

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Ovid

Online Unit 12: Ovid's version of things
Worksheet 12:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 14

Ovid,
Metamorphoses
selections available on Blackboard

Mon, Apr 15
LECTURE

Ovid's Metamorphoses and the beginnings of "mythology"

 

Wed, Apr 17
LECTURE

The Trojan War, again

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 18/19
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 13: Mythologies now and then

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading / Watching

Weekend

Myth Now?

Online Unit 13: Myth galore
Worksheet 13:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 21

Roland Barthes,
Mythologies, "The World of Wrestling," "The Romans in Films," "The 'Blue Blood' Cruise," "Soap-powders and Detergents," "Operation Margarine," "Novels and Children," "The Brain of Einstein," "Striptease"

Matt Groening, et. al., "Homer's Odyssey," Simpson's segment available on Canvas.

Mon, Apr 22
LECTURE

Wrestling, soap, and Einstein's brain

 

Wed, Apr 24
LECTURE

The Trojan War, yet again: TV

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 25/26
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 14: Closing Thoughts

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading/Watching

Weekend

 

Worksheet 14:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 28

(there is no online unit to learn to do worksheet 14 -- you'll see why when you take it).

Wolfgang Petersen, Troy (watch movie -- **REQUIRED**)

Mon, Apr 29
LECTURE

Myth in the movies

 

Mon, May 1
LECTURE

Myth Now?

 

Final Exam, Tuesday May 14 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. -- location TBA

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