This course delves into the fascinating and entertaining world of Classical mythology, filled with gods, heroes, & monsters, romance & betrayal, war, travel & adventure
Over the course of the trimester, students will engage with a multiplicity of primary sources, including literature, such as the Homeric hymns, Greek tragedies, Ovidian poems, alongside an introduction to the iconography of myth in Greek vases, Classical sculpture, and Roman mosaics. In addition to familiarizing students with the major (and minor) characters and stories of Greek and Roman mythology, the goals of this course are (1) to introduce students the range of ancient evidence available for studying mythology; (2) to teach students ways of engaging with different types of primary sources in order to compare, contrast, and discuss the function or purpose of myth in a community and culture.
Overall, the class focuses on questions of how myth—and its manifestations in art and literature—reflect the norms and values of a culture, the political ideologies of a person, and/or the historical circumstances of a place and time. With this in mind, we will regularly draw comparisons to the use and adaptation of mythological characters and themes in modern art, literature, and pop culture.
This is a one trimester course which counts .333 credits toward Parish graduation requirements and is considered a general elective. Students are required to attend four of seven face-to-face sessions. Classes will be held at the Midway Campus. There will be one optional field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dates & Times
- July 6 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- July 12 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- July 14 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- July 19 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- Optional field trip to DMA: July 20th, 12:00-3:00pm
- July 21 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- July 26 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
- August 2 – 12:30-2:00pm (in-person)
All work must be turned in for a final grade by midnight, August 12th.