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Schedule of Readings and Assignments

 

Introduction

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

 

Wed, Jan 11
LECTURE

Introduction

 

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 12/13
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 online textbook under the "Info" tab.


Odyssey

Books 1-4

Mon, Jan 16
LECTURE

No class, Martin Luther King Day

 

Wed, Jan 18
LECTURE

Telemachus and his troubles

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 19/20
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 2: Our man

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Backgrounds

Online Unit 2: Intro to Odyssey
Worksheet 2:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Jan 22

Odyssey
Books 5-8

Mon, Jan 23
LECTURE

Odysseus and his troubles

 

Wed, Jan 25
LECTURE

Odysseus finding his place



Thu/Fri, Jan 26/27
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, Jan 29

Odyssey
Books 9-16

Csapo, "Rise of the Comparative Method," and "Max Mueller and Solar Mythology," pp. 10-30

 

Mon, Jan 30
LECTURE

The challenges of being out there

 

Wed, Feb 1
LECTURE

The challenges of home

 

Th/F Feb 2/Feb 3
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 5

Odyssey
Books 17-24

Csapo, "Bronislaw Malinowski" pp. 140-45

Mon, Feb 6
LECTURE

Odysseus reveals himself

 

Wed, Feb 8
LECTURE

Odysseus cleans house

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 9/10
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. 12

Hesiod, Theogony, entire

Csapo, "Comparison of Greek and Hittite," pp. 67-79; and Csapo, "Psychology," pp. 80-95, and 121-31

Mon, Feb 13
LECTURE

The births of the deathless ones

 

Wed, Feb 15
LECTURE

The ascent of Zeus

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 16/17
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 6: Ritual and Religion

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

The Homeric Hymns

Online Unit 6: Delphi and Eleusis
Worksheet 6:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Feb. 19

Homeric Hymns "Intro," pp. vii-xxiii; "Hymn to Demeter," pp. 3-18; "Hymn to Apollo," pp. 19-37.

Csapo, "Ritual Theories," pp. 132-60

Mon, Feb 20
LECTURE

Demeter at Eleusis

 

Wed, Feb 22
LECTURE

Apollo at Delphi

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 23/24
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 7: Chthonos vs. Aether -- review and preparation

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

 

No online assignment -- review previous units

 

Re-read everything!

Mon, Feb 27
LECTURE

Review and Discussion

 

Wed, Mar 1
LECTURE

MIDTERM

 

Th/F Mar2/3
RECITATION

 

 


 

Spring Break: Initiation to Bacchic Rites

 

Unit 8: Justice

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Orestia

Online Unit 8: Family Values
Worksheet 8:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 12

Aeschylus,
Agamemnon
Eumenides

Csapo, "Walter Burkert and Sociobiology," and "Burkert's Homo Neccans," pp, 161-80

Mon, Mar 13
LECTURE

Justice, family style

 

Wed, Mar 15
LECTURE

What to do with guilt?

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 16/17
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 9: Unstable Selves

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Intro to Oedipus

Online Unit 9
Worksheet 9:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 19

Sophocles,
Oepidus the King

Euripides, Bacchae

Csapo, "Structuralism," pp. 181-89 and 212-29

Mon, Mar 20
LECTURE

Sophocles' Oedipus

 

Wed, Mar 22
LECTURE

Dionysian Dissolution

 

Thu/Fri, Mar23/24
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 26

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 1-3

Csapo, "Syntagmatic Structuralism," and "A Critique of Syntagmatic Structuralism," pp. 189-211

Mon, Mar 27
LECTURE

A new hero

 

Wed, Mar 29
LECTURE

Theory vs. Myth

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 30/31
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 2

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 4-6

Mon, Apr 3
LECTURE

Myth and history

 

Wed, Apr 5
LECTURE

Myth, history, and culture-making

 

Th/Fri, Apr 6/7
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 12: Parodies - intentional and unintentional

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Ovid

Online Unit 12: Ovid's version of things
Worksheet 12:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 9

Ovid,
Metamorphoses
selections available on Blackboard

Mon, Apr 10
LECTURE

Ovid's Metamorphoses and the beginnings of "mythology"

 

Wed, Apr 12
LECTURE

The Trojan War, again

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 13/14
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 13: Mythologies now and then

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading / Watching

Weekend

Myth Now?

Online Unit 13: Myth everywhere
Worksheet 13:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 16

Roland Barthes,
Mythologies, "In the Ring," "The Romans in Movies," "The 'Blue Blood' Cruise," "Saponids and Detergents," "Einstein's Brain," "Striptease"

Csapo, "Postructuralisms, Postmodernism, and Ideology," and "Decrypting Ideology," pp. 276-90

Mon, Apr 17
LECTURE

Roland Barthes; Wrestling, soap, and Einstein's brain

 

Wed, Apr 19
LECTURE

Advertising

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 20/21
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 14: Closing Thoughts

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading / Watching

Weekend

More myth now


Worksheet 14:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 23 (no online reading for the worksheet, you'll see why when you take it

Matt Groening, et. al., "Homer's Odyssey," Simpson's segment available on Blackboard; Wolfgang Peterson, Troy (2004) *required*

Mon, Apr 24
LECTURE

The Trojan War, yet again: Movies and TV

 

Wed, Apr 26
LECTURE

Closing Thoughts

 

NO RECITATION

 

 

 

Final Exam, Thursday, May 4 -- location TBA -- 9:00-11:00 AM

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