CLST 105: Course Overview
Classical Studies 105 offers a broad introduction to the vibrant world of Greek and Roman mythology and its living role in modern storytelling. The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the myths, with the primary texts in which they are told, with the place of myth-telling in ancient culture, and to introduce students to the chief interpretive theories of myth that have been developed over the past century. The course also touches on the reception of ancient myths in contemporary film and other media. Emphasis will be placed on reading primary sources in English translation, and as a result students will gain a familiarity with a variety of ancient literary genres. This course also develops valuable, transferrable skills in academic reading and writing.
Lecture Slides and Materials (PDF)
- Lecture 1: Introduction
- Lecture 2: What is Myth? & The First Powers (Part 1)
- Lecture 3: The First Powers (Part 2)
- Lecture 4: The Rise of Zeus
- Lecture 5: Zeus and Mortals (1)
- Lecture 6: Zeus and Mortals (2); Introducing the Olympians
- Lecture 7: Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus & Ares
- Lecture 8: Poseidon
- Lecture 9: Athena
- Lecture 10: Athena, cont’d; Aphrodite
- Lecture 11: Aphrodite, cont’d; Artemis
- Lecture 12: Apollo
- Lecture 13: Hermes
- Lecture 14: Dionysus and Pan
- Lectures 15-16: Demeter and Orpheus
- To be posted online as podcasts.
- Lecture 17: The Theban and Mycenaean Sagas
- Lecture 18: The Iliad and the Odyssey
- Lecture 19: Perseus and Heracles
- Lecture 20: Theseus
- Lecture 21: Jason and Medea
- Lecture 22: From Greek to Roman Myth
Assignments and handouts
- Essay Assignment 1 (due Sep 29; optional rewrite due Oct 22)
- Essay Assignment 2 (due Nov 10; optional rewrite due Nov 28)
- Participation Project (due any time before Nov 28)
- Survey 1: Student mental health and wellbeing (contact: Kimberley Carter)
- Survey 2: Social attitudes over time (circulated by email)
Tools and websites used for the class
- On UBC Connect at connect.ubc.ca
- i>clicker registration and results: Please register your i>clicker for CLST 105 at connect.ubc.ca, and bring your i>clicker to class beginning Monday, September 8. You can use your i>clicker to vote on discussion questions posed in class.
- Quizzes: Weekly quizzes are posted on UBC Connect. Quizzes are released on Fridays and due 1 week later (by end of day on the following Friday).
- On TurnItIn.com (information to be posted)
- Essay submissions and results
- Discussion group forum
- General resources on academic writing
- UBC Writing Centre tutorials and links, including contact information for free student tutorials at UBC.
- What Makes a Good Essay? From Language and Learning Online. Good starting resource. (See left sidebar for more).
- How to form a research question, and how to form a thesis statement.
- Academic writing in English, from Using English for Academic Purposes.
- Academic skills in philosophy, from the UBC Department of Philosophy.
- Common citation styles (bibliography) and how to use them
- Beginning your research