Homer Hesiod Hymns Tragedy Remythologizing Tools Canvas Info

Schedule of Readings and Assignments

 

Introduction

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

 

Wed, Jan 10
LECTURE

Introduction

 

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 11/12
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 15

No Class, Martin Luther King Day

 

Wed, Jan 17
LECTURE

Homer, epic poetry and getting started on the Odyssey

 

Thu/Fri, Jan 18/19
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 2: Our man

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Backgrounds

Online Unit 2: Intro to Odyssey
Worksheet 2:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Jan 21

Odyssey
Books 5-8

Mon, Jan 22
LECTURE

From Telemachus to Odysseus

 

Wed, Jan 24
LECTURE

Odysseus and his troubles



Thu/Fri, Jan 25/26
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 28

Odyssey
Books 9-16


 

Mon, Jan 29
LECTURE

The challenges of being out there

 

Wed, Jan. 31
LECTURE

The challenges of home

 

Th/F Feb 1/2
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 4

Odyssey
Books 17-24

Mon, Feb 5
LECTURE

Odysseus reveals himself

 

Wed, Feb 7
LECTURE

Odysseus cleans house

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 8/9
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. 11

Hesiod, Theogony, entire


Mon, Feb 12
LECTURE

The births of the deathless ones

 

Wed, Feb 14
LECTURE

The ascent of Zeus

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 15/16
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. 18

Homeric Hymn to Demeter + intro (=Hom. Hymns, pp. 29-58)

Homeric Hymn to Apollo + intro (=Hom. Hymns, pp. 59-90)

Mon, Feb 19
LECTURE

Demeter at Eleusis

 

Wed, Feb 21
LECTURE

Apollo at Delphi

 

Thu/Fri, Feb 22/23
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 26
LECTURE

Review and Discussion

 

Wed, Feb 28
LECTURE

MIDTERM

 

Th/F Mar 1/2
RECITATION

Museum day 

 


 

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 11

Aeschylus,
Agamemnon
Eumenides

Mon, Mar 12
LECTURE

Justice, family style

 

Wed, Mar 14
LECTURE

What to do with guilt?

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 15/16
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 9: Unstable Selves

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

Intro to Oedipus

Online Unit 9
Worksheet 9:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Mar 18

Sophocles,
Oepidus the King

Euripides, Bacchae

Mon, Mar 19
LECTURE

Sophocles' Oedipus

 

Wed, Mar 21
LECTURE

Dionysian Dissolution

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 22/23
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 25

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 1-3


Mon, Mar 26
LECTURE

A new hero

 

Wed, Mar 28
LECTURE

Theory vs. Myth

 

Thu/Fri, Mar 29/30
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 1

Vergil,
Aeneid
books 4-6

Mon, Apr 2
LECTURE

Myth and history

 

Wed, Apr 4
LECTURE

Myth, history, and culture-making

 

Th/Fri, Apr 5/6
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 8

Ovid,
Metamorphoses
selections available on Blackboard

Mon, Apr 9
LECTURE

Ovid's Metamorphoses and the beginnings of "mythology"

 

Wed, Apr 11
LECTURE

The Trojan War, again

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 12/13
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 15

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 Blackboard.

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

Mon, Apr 16
LECTURE

Wrestling, soap, and Einstein's brain

 

Wed, Apr 18
LECTURE

The Trojan War, yet again: Movies and TV

 

Thu/Fri, Apr 19/20
RECITATION

 

 

 

Unit 14: Closing Thoughts

Dates

Topic

Assignments

Reading

Weekend

 

Worksheet 14:
Due 11 pm, Sunday, Apr 22

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

 

Mon, Apr 23
LECTURE

Myth Now?

 

Final Exam, Tuesday, May 1 -- 9:00-11:00 AM -- Location TBA

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