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HUM 131 Mythology

Initiator: D. Bishop Credit Hours: 3.00

Campus: Downtown Lecture Periods: 3.00

Date: 9/4/2008 Lab Periods:

Myths, legends, and folktales of the Greeks and Romans. Includes basic concepts of myths, myths

of the Greeks and Romans, major Greek divinities and their Roman counterparts, stories about the

major divinities, artistic representation of myths, effects of ancient myths on western literary

movement, similarities and differences between major mythic systems, and anthropological and

psychological approaches to mythic systems. Also includes a humanistic approach to the study of

Greek and Roman sacred narratives, stories derived from oral traditions, and cultural events, which

invite symbolic analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the concept of myth.

  2. Discuss the basic myths of the Greeks and Romans.

  3. Distinguish the major divinities.

  4. Relate the stories told about the major divinities.

  5. Identify the ways in which ancient and modern artists have illustrated the great myths and depicted the gods and goddesses through the visual arts.

  6. Evaluate the effects of ancient myths on the western literary tradition through excerpts from ancient and modern literature.

  7. Determine the similarities and differences between the major mythic systems of the world through contact with some myths from non-Greek and non-Roman cultures.


  1. Basic Concept of "Myth"

    1. Freud

    2. Jung

    3. Campbell

    4. Malinowski

    5. Burkert

  2. Myths of the Greeks and Romans

    1. Greek creation story

    2. Non-Greek creation stories

  3. Major Greek Divinities and their Roman Counterparts

    1. Artemis

    2. Athena

    3. Hestia

    4. Hera

    5. Demeter

    6. Persephone

    7. Aphrodite

    8. Zeus

    9. Poseidon

    10. Hades

    11. Apollo

    12. Hermes

    13. Ares

    14. Hephaestus

    15. Dionysius

  4. Stories about the Major Divinities

    1. Theban saga

    2. Mycenaean saga

    3. Trojan saga

    4. Vergil's Aeneid

    5. Orphic texts

    6. Perseus

  5. Artistic Representation of Myths

    1. Ancient Sculpture & Painting

    2. Medieval Sculpture and Painting

    3. Renaissance Sculpture and Painting

    4. Modern Sculpture and Painting

  6. Effects of Ancient Myths on the Western Literary Tradition

    1. Ancient Literature

    2. Medieval Literature

    3. Renaissance Literature

    4. Modern Literature

  7. Similarities and Differences Between Major Mythic Systems

    1. Egyptian

    2. Norse

    3. Native American

  8. Anthropological and Psychological Approaches to Mythic Systems

    1. James George Frasier

    2. Claude Levi-Strauss

    3. Otto Rank

    4. Carl Kerenyi

    5. Carl Jung

    6. Joseph Campbell

    7. James Hillman

    8. Jean Shinoda Bolen

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