REQUIREMENTS

1. Exams: Hour Test One is on Friday, March 3, 2000. It will be entirely objective on the material of the course through Week 6 and include identification of slides; Hour Test Two will be on Monday, March 27. It will be a series of essays on all the readings through Week 8. The Final Exam is on all the material of the course, but with emphasis on Weeks 9 through 14 and will include objective questions, slide identification, and essays. It is on Friday, May 12, at 8:00 a.m. Its length is 90 minutes. Any special arrangements needed for these examinations must be made within the first two weeks of the semester.

2. Term Project: Your Term Project will be to prepare a report on two aspects of a mythical character (whose name you will have received early in the semester, see below, note 8), one on the treatment of your character in antiquity, the other on the treatment of your character after 1000 C.E. Each part must be no more than one page, the whole project no more than two pages. The two parts of the project are as follows: Page 1: Identify one work of ancient literature or ancient art not read or seen in this course in which your character is applied. Identify the author or artist, title of work (book and line where appropriate), life dates of the author or artist, and production date of the work (dates should be as precise as the evidence allows), and in no more than one page describe how your character is treated in that work. "Ancient" is to be interpreted as before 1000 C.E. Page 2: Choose what you consider to be the most interesting application of your character in literature, art, or music after 1000 C.E. and in no more than one page describe the treatment of your character in that application. As in the first page, give the life dates of the author, artist, or composer, and the production date of the work. "After 1000 C.E." includes anything from the medieval period through 2000. The whole report must be no more than two pages long and is to be double-spaced typed. You must inform me in writing on Wednesday, April 5, 2000 of the two works you have chosen for the Project (full first drafts are also welcome from this date to April 12) . The Final Draft of the Project itself is due on Friday, April 21, 2000. You will find materials set aside for you to work with in the Reference section of Bailey Library. Cooperation in the use of the library materials is imperative! I am happy to advise you on this project during my office hours or by appointment. In preparing the Project, consider the bibliography in the Handbook. There are two recent publications that should be very helpful for this assignment. To use them present your Student ID to the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk in Bailey Howe:

3. Extra Credit: There are several opportunities for extra credit as follows:

4. Quizzes: The eleven 5-minute quizzes are based on the readings and Reading Guides in the Handbook to Classical Mythology. THESE READINGS AND READING GUIDES SHOULD BE PREPARED PRIOR TO THE FIRST LECTURE IN EACH READING WEEK. The dates of quizzes are announced in the syllabus. There will be no make-up quizzes for any reason, including illness. If you miss a couple, there is no serious penalty. The total grade for the quizzes is scaled. Take the quiz, even if unprepared. If you miss six quizzes your course grade will be F.

5. Regular attendance and questions: Attendance is REQUIRED. At the close of every class hand in a sheet containing your full name and signature and one question or comment about the content of that day's class. With full attendance you will be able to follow the lectures, know what to look for in the readings, and prepare for the examinations in an orderly fashion.

6. Images referred to in the Slide Guides can be viewed on the Web site at http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/ambrose/clas42_syllabus.html.

7. Bring Ambrose, Handbook to Classical Mythology to every class.

8. You will receive a mythological name and a class roster of your colleagues' new names. You should become an expert on your new character and serve as a resource to your colleagues on anything pertaining to your character. Others in the class may have the same character. This name will determine the subject of your Term Project, (see 2, above).

10. Your Course Grade will be determined as follows:
Hour Test One 15%
Hour Test Two 15%
Quizzes 25% If 6 quizzes are missed, course grade is F!
Course Project 20%
Final Exam 25%

12. Reading List: (You may read works marked * in any translation)


Ambrose, Handbook to Classical Mythology
Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 1-15, translation Rolfe Humphries
*Hesiod, Theogony
*Aeschylus, Oresteia
*Sophocles, Electra, Oedipus Rex, Antigone
*Euripides, Electra, Hippolytus, Medea, Bacchae, Cyclops
*Jean Racine, Phèdre
*Apollonius of Rhodes, The Voyage of Argo, Book 3
*Vergil, Aeneid, Book 4
Eugene O'Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra
Optional: Pierre Grimal, Dictionary of Classical Mythology
*Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound

LECTURE 1: METHODOLOGY, CHRONOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY

I. Handbook, Syllabus, Tests, Quizzes, Project, Review Sessions, Texts, WWW page: http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/ambrose/clas42_syllabus.html

II. Nature of this course.

1. What is myth? Story with personal and proper names.

2. What is an aetiological myth? A story that explains a cause.

3. Myth, Saga, Folktale: distinctions and similarities

4. Mythopoeia (myth-making); mythologia (studying and collecting myth), mythographia (writing down myths), mythochreia (using myth)

5. Ancient mythography: Apollodorus, Hyginus, Ovid.

6. Organization of the course: A dual plot: A) Ovid's and B) mine: Cosmogony and the Olympian Gods, Tantalids, Cecropids, Labdacids, Aeolids, Chthonic and Fertility Gods.

7. Topics of the course: the poet and myth; history and the choice of myth; the creative effect of myth; music and myth; art and myth.

III. Ancient Chronology and Geography (all dates B.C.E. = B.C., unless indicated):

Late Neolithic Age in the Aegean (4000-3000)

Bronze Age:

Iron Age (1000-)

Greek and Roman Historical periods: