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CLA 53 W — Greek Mythology: Gods and Heroes

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Nov 20
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Donna Zuckerberg
Limit: 40
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Oct 5—Nov 20
7 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
1 Unit
Fees
$365
Instructor(s):
Donna Zuckerberg
Limit
40
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
What is Greek mythology? It is essentially the stories the ancient Greeks came up with to describe and explain their world. Sometimes these stories have a religious purpose, helping humans understand their relationship to the gods; sometimes they have a political purpose, narrating the origins of a city; sometimes they just tell a compelling tale to entertain an audience. These ancient Greek myths can be found in the art and literature of the Western world up to the present day. In this course, we will study this unruly mass of stories and analyze what they can tell us about the cultural and historical contexts in which they were created and flourished. We will focus on the stories of how the Olympian gods came to power; the battles that Heracles, Perseus, and Theseus fought against legendary monsters; and the struggles of Achilles, Odysseus, and other heroes of the Trojan War. We will also attempt to understand why Greek mythology has inspired so many creative tellings and retellings throughout the past two millennia.

Donna Zuckerberg, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Eidolon

Donna Zuckerberg is the author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age. She received a PhD in Classics from Princeton, where she taught courses on Greek literature, Homer’s Iliad, and classical mythology.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Trzaskoma, R. Smith, and Stephen Brunet, Anthology of Classical Myth: Primary Sources in Translation, 2nd Edition (ISBN 1624664970)
(Required) Helen Morales, Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction (ISBN 0192804766)
(Required) Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (ISBN 0679733485)
(Recommended) trans. Stanley Lombardo, The Essential Homer (ISBN 0872205401)
(Recommended) trans. Bryan Doerries, All That You've Seen Here Is God: New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies (ISBN 0307949737)
(Recommended) eds. Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm, The Greek Plays (ISBN 0812983092)
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