History/Religion 208   Dennis G. Glew
Fall, 2002   medgg01@moravian.edu
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Texts: Barry B. Powell. Classical Mythology. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2000.
  A. D. Melville, trans. Ovid: Metamorphoses. Oxford and NY: Oxford UP, 1987.
Class Grade: Quizzes: 15%
  Midterm Examination (10/28): 20%
  Final Examination: 25%
  Panel Presentation: 5%
  Short Papers: 15%
  Research Assignment (11/27): 20%
Guidelines: Prepare an interpretation of a Grimm folktale: 2-3 pages, typed (double-spaced). Due 9/18.
  Comment on a representation of one of the Olympians. Due 10/9.
  The class will be divided into 7 panels, each responsible for a book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Prepare a paper on an assigned myth from Ovid and participate in a panel leading a class discussion of the book. Assignments TBA. Panel dates are given below.
  Prepare a research paper discussing a subject related to classical myths. Your topic may be a myth or group of myths, a character or figure (e.g. step-mother) or relationship that recurs in myths, the representation of a myth in art, or the appearance of a myth in modern dress.

Class Schedule

9/4 Introduction to class
9/9 Powell, Chap. 1
9/11 Powell, Chap. 2; Ovid, Bk. I
9/16 Powell, Chap. 3
9/18 Quiz: Powell 1-3.

Read "The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs" (Brothers Grimm):


A complete collection of the Grimm tales is available at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

For background, visit the Grimm Brothers’ Homepage: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html

9/23 Powell, Chap. 4; Ovid, Bk. II
9/25 Powell, Chap. 5
9/30 Powell, Chap. 6; Ovid, Bk. III

Panel 1: Diana & Actaeon; Narcissus & Echo; Pentheus & Bacchus

10/2 Powell, Chap. 7
10/7 Powell, Chap. 8; Ovid, Bk. IV

Panel 2: Pyramus & Thisbe; Salmacis & Hermaphroditus; Perseus & Andromeda

10/9 Quiz: Powell 1-8

Visit the following home page, "Ancient images of the Olympians." Choose one divinity and write 3-4 paragraphs commenting on the artist’s representation of him/her: http://web.uvic.ca/grs/bowman/myth/

10/16 Powell, Chap. 9; Ovid, Bk. V

Panel 3: Minerva meets the Muses; Rape of Proserpine; Arethusa

10/21 Powell, Chap. 10; Ovid, Bk. VI

Panel 4: Arachne; Niobe; Tereas, Procne & Philomela

10/23 Powell, Chap. 11
10/28 Midterm Examination
10/30 Powell, Chap. 12; Ovid, Bk. VII

Panel 5: Medea & Jason; Meda & Aeson; Cephalus & Procris

11/4 Powell, Chap. 13
11/6 Powell, Chap. 14; Ovid, Bk. VIII

Panel 6: Scylla & Minos; Daedalus & Icarus; Philemon & Baucis

11/11 Powell, Chap. 15

Quiz: Powell 12-14

11/13 Powell, Chap. 16; Ovid, Bk. IX. Visit the "Hercules" home page: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Hercules/

Panel 7: Achelous & Hercules; Hercules, Nessus & Deianira; the Death and Apotheosis of Hercules

11/18 Powell, Chap. 17
11/20 Powell, Chap. 18; Ovid, Bk. X
11/25 Powell, Chap. 19

Quiz: Powell 15-18

11/27 Powell, Chap. 20; Ovid, Bk. XI, "Orpheus" (pp. 248-52) & "Midas" (pp. 252-55).

Research assignment due

12/2 Powell, Chap. 21; Ovid, Bk. XII, "The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs" (pp. 280-90) & "Acis and Galatea" (pp. 318-24).
12/4 Powell, Chap. 22
12/11 Conclusion

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