A mosaic from Tunesia showing the sea god Pontus.
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?
The Birth of the Gods
Creation of Humans The Gods:
Hermes and Hephaestus
Love, Fertility and Power: Aphrodite
Warlike Women: Athena and Artemis
Demeter -- Vegetable Fertility
Dionysus -- Identity /> The Heroes:
Theseus and the Minotaur
Oedipus and Thebes
Jason and the Argonauts
Perseus 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 Mythology:
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
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