Welcome to the Classical Mythology course, a part of the School of Comparative Mythology at Wikiversity! This course provides a general introduction to the myths of Ancient Greece and Rome, including an overview of myth theories and brief looks at other mythologies, such as in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- define myths and distinguish them from other narrative forms.
- narrate basic events of Greek mythology, such as the creation of the world through the creation of people.
- identify and describe the Olympians and other important deities.
- compare Greek and Roman mythologies to each other
- use modern theories of myth to explain ancient myths
- connect Greek and Roman mythologies to other mythologies in the Mediterranean world and beyond
- expand this course with their own independent modules about Classical Myth
- What is a myth?
- Historical Background
- The Birth of the Gods
- Creation of Humans
- Hermes and Hephaestus
- Love, Fertility and Power: Aphrodite
- Warlike Women: Athena and Artemis
- Demeter -- Vegetable Fertility
- Dionysus -- Identity
- Theseus and the Minotaur
- Oedipus and Thebes
- Jason and the Argonauts
Epics of War:
- The Origin of the Trojan War
- Achilles and The Iliad
- The Fall of Troy
- The Return of Agamemnon
- The Adventures of Odysseus
- Odysseus in the Land of the Dead
- The Return of Odysseus
- Roman Myth and Legend
- Romulus and Remus to Julius Caesar
- The Survival of Classical Mythology
Major Sites about Greek Mythology
Ancient Sources for Greek myths in English Translation
General Introductions to Greek Mythology in Print
- Mark P. O. Morford, Classical Mythology, Oxford University Press, 1999.
- Barry B. Powell. Classical Myth, Pearson College Division, 2011.
- William Hansen, William F. Hansen, Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans, Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Walter Burkert, Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical Wiley-Blackwell, 1991. on Amazon
Theories of Myth Interpretation
- Eric Csapo, Theories of Mythology, Wiley, 2005
- Bruce Lincoln, Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, University of Chicago Press, 1999
- Andrew Von Hendy, The Modern Construction of Myth, Indiana University Press, 2002
- Myth as Thought: Modern Theory and Myth
- Theories of Myth Interpretation Study Guide, Powell Classical Myth
- Nadia Sels Myth, Mind and Metaphor:On the Relation of Mythology and Psychoanalysis
- Ways of Interpreting Myth
- Theory of Myth - Monmouth College
- APPROACHES TO MYTH: THE SEARCH FOR THE UNIVERSAL THEORY
- Interpreting Myth flashcards | Quizlet
- WAYS OF INTERPRETING MYTH