Department of Classics

Grace Gibson

Assistant Instructor



C C 303 • Intro To Classical Mytholgy-Wb

32915 • Fall 2019

Myths accompanied Greek and Roman culture as a constant from the pre-literate era before the Homeric epics through the hyper-literary myths of the Roman period. These myths helped the ancient Greeks and Romans to make sense of their world and to address issues with regard to religion, philosophy, and even early attempts at natural science. In different forms, myths still inform our understanding of the world, and Classical mythology in particular has continued to influence western art and literature up to the present day. This class begins with an examination of the Greek understanding of the creation of the world, the pantheon of gods, and the creation of humanity. Time will also be spent on the origins of Greek mythology, looking to the mythologies of Near Eastern cultures, which have influenced Greek thought. Throughout the course attention will be given to particular gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines and the myths which surround them in both the Greek and Roman traditions. Classical Civilization 303 and 352 may not both be counted.

Fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Carries the Global Cultures flag.

Fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.

C C S303 • Intro To Classical Mytholgy-Wb

79905 • Summer 2019

This introductory-level online course covers the cultural and political history of Ancient Rome, from the city’s origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BCE) to the rise of Augustus and the rule of emperors in the 1st century CE/AD. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Rome’s evolution from a small, hilltop settlement to the head of a world empire. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the most important buildings, artistic works, events and historical figures of Ancient Rome.

The course can be completed entirely online, though students must attend three exams either on campus or at an approved testing facility. The course is made up of textbook readings, primary source readings, and ten highly interactive, multimedia content modules. Students will be able to work through the modules at their own pace and on their own schedule, within around a 7- to 10-day period per module. Each module includes a practice quiz, so that students can evaluate their progress, identify misunderstandings, and develop strategies for improvement with the help of the course instructor, and concludes with a short, graded, multiple choice quiz. Students will also complete a module and write an analytical essay about a movie based on ancient Roman culture.

Fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Carries the Global Cultures flag.

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