CC 303 Introduction to Classical Mythology - Fall 2009
Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin:
Prof. Lawrence Kim

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EXAM SEATING CHART

Abbreviations

Maps:

      Buxton has excellent maps, including:

      Here are some online versions:
Modern Map of the Mediterranean RegionEastern Mediterranean
Greece and Asia MinorGreece and the Aegean
Sicily, Greece, and Asia MinorPeloponnese
Map of Argonauts' Voyage Part IMap of Entire Argonauts' Voyage
Greece and Asia Minor, Different VersionBLANK MAP (PDF) for Practice
Charts:
  • Buxton, p. 8: "Chronology of Greek Myth-Telling"
  • Hero Myth Chart
  • Chart of Greek and Roman Gods
  • Buxton, p. 69: "Greek Divinities and their Principal Attributes"
  • Buxton, pp. 44-45: "Genealogy of the Gods"
  • Buxton, p. 218: "'Equivalences' Between Greek and Roman Divinities"
  • Buxton, p. 154: "Metamorphoses"
  • List of Animal Terms that you may not be 100% familiar with
  • Other Myth Websites:
  • Theoi Greek Mythology Project
  • On-line Dictionary of Classical Myth
  • Assignments:

             Lecture outline webpages are linked to the appropriate lecture titles.
             There you will also find relevant images and key terms that you are expected to learn.
    Week 1
    Wed, Aug 26: Welcome and Orientation
    • Buxton: "Introduction: Myths in Context": pp. 6-13 (esp. the Chronology (p. 8) and Map (pp. 12-13))
    Fri, Aug 28: Introduction: What is Myth?
    • Buxton: "Contexts, Sources, Meanings": pp. 14-41 (esp. "What is a Myth" (p. 18))
    Week 2
    M Aug 31The Beginning: Uranus, Cronus, Zeus
    • Buxton: "Cosmogony": pp. 44-49
    • Web Reading: Hesiod, Theogony: Uranus, Cronus, and Zeus
    • Ovid: Met. Book I: The Creation (pp. 3-5 Humphries)
    W Sept 2: Prometheus
    F Sept 4: Pandora; Aristophanes' Origin of Love
    Week 3
    M Sept 7: NO CLASS (LABOR DAY)
    • No readings assigned
    W Sept 9:  Zeus/Jupiter/Jove and Hera/Juno (Io and Ovid)
    • Buxton: "Powers and Spheres of Influence": Zeus, Hera: pp. 68-72; "Io": p. 98; "Rivers and Springs": pp.188-189; "Ovid": pp. 223-224
    • Ovid: Met. Book I: Jove and Io (pp. 21-27 Humphries)
    F Sept 11: Apollo
    • Buxton: "Homeric Hymns: Apollo": pp. 49-50; "Apollo": pp. 73-75; "The Muses": pp. 85-86; "The Loves of Apollo": pp. 100-101; "Daphne": pp. 189-190
    • Homeric Hymns: III. To Delian Apollo (pp. 27-37 Cashford)
    • Ovid: Met. Book I: Python, Apollo and Daphne, Apollo and Hyacinthus (pp. 16-20; 239-241 Humphries)
    Week 4
    M Sept 14: Artemis/Diana and the Hunt
    • Buxton: "Artemis": pp. 75-76; "Kallisto": pp. 99-100
    • Homeric Hymns:XXVII. To Artemis (pp. 133-135 Cashford)
    • Ovid: Met. Book II: Jove in Arcady, Book III: Actaeon; Book X: Atalanta (pp. 40-45, 61-64, 252-257 Humphries)
    W Sept 16: Athena/Minerva and Myths of Divine Punishment
    • Buxton: "Athene": pp. 79-80; "Competing with the Gods": p. 90 (Marsyas); Images of Niobe: pp. 156-157
    • Homeric HymnsXXVIII To Athena (pp. 136-137 Cashford)
    • Ovid: Met. Book VI: Minerva and Arachne, Niobe (pp. 129-143 Humphries)
    F Sept 18: Aphrodite/Venus
    • Buxton: "Aphrodite": p. 78; "Divine Sexuality": p. 94; "Aphrodite's Lament for Adonis": p. 95
    • Homeric Hymns: V. To Aphrodite (pp. 85-97 Cashford)
    • Ovid: Met. Book X: Pygmalion, Cinyras and Myrrha, Adonis, The Fate of Adonis (pp. 241-252; 257-258 Humphries)
    Week 5
    M Sept 21: Poseidon/Neptune, Ares/Mars, Hephaestus/Vulcan
    • Buxton: "Poseidon": p. 72; "Ares and Hephaistos": 82-84; "The Sea": pp. 192-193
    • Homeric Hymns: VIII. To Ares (pp. 106-107 Cashford); XX. To Hephaestus (p. 125 Cashford); XXII. To Poseidon (p. 127 Cashford)
    • Homer's Iliad (NOT Odyssey): Book 18 (lines 504-661 (in trsl.)) = pp.183-187 Essential Homer
    • Ovid: Met. Book IV: Mars and Venus (pp. 86-87 Humphries)
    W Sept 23: Hermes/Mercury, Pan, Priapus
    • Homeric Hymns: IV. To Hermes (55-84 Cashford); XIX. To Pan (119-124 Cashford)
    • Homer's Odyssey (NOT Iliad): Beginning Book 5 (pp.269-272 Essential Homer); beginning Book 24 (p.466  to line 16 Essential Homer)
    • Ovid: Met. Book I: Pan and Syrinx, Book IV: Salmacis, Book XI: Midas (pp. 24-25, 90-93, 261-265 Humphries)
    • Buxton: "Same-Sex Eroticism": pp. 174-177
    F Sept 25: Demeter/Ceres and Persephone/Proserpina
    • Buxton: "Demeter": pp. 72-73
    • Homeric Hymns: II. To Demeter (5-26 Cashford)
    • Ovid: Met. Book V: Ceres and Proserpina; Book VIII:  Erysichthon (pp. 118-125; 204-208 Humphries)
    Week 6
    M Sept 28: Hades/Pluto, the Underworld, Orpheus
    • Buxton: "Tantalos, Sisyphos, Ixion": pp. 89-90; "Orpheus and Eurydice": pp. 171-173; "The Underworld": pp. 206-213
    • Homer: Odyssey 11 (lines 596-675 = pp. 349-351 Essential Homer)
    • Ovid: Met. Book X and XI: Orpheus & Eurydice; Death of Orpheus (pp. 234-236; 259-261 Humphries)
    W Sept 30: MIDTERM I

    F Oct 2: Perseus and Bellerophon
    • Buxton: "Perseus": pp. 104-105; "Danaos and His Kin": pp. 158-159; "Proitos, Sthenoboia and Bellerophon": pp. 160-161
    • Homer: Iliad 6 (lines 120-245 = pp. 70-73 Essential Homer)
    • Ovid: Met. Book IV and V: Perseus (pp. 100-114 Humphries)
    Week 7
    M Oct 5:  Heracles (Part I)
    • Buxton: "Heracles": pp. 114-123
    • Web Reading: Apollodorus, Library of Mythology: Heracles' Early Life and the Labors
    • Ovid: Met. Book IX: Achelous' Duel; Hercules, Nessus, Deianira; Hercules' Birth (pp. 209-219 Humphries)
    W Oct 7: Heracles (Part II)
    • Sophocles: The Women of Trachis (pp. 161-208 Roche)
    F Oct 9: NO CLASS
    Week 8
    M Oct 12:  NO CLASS

    W Oct 14: Jason and the Argonauts
    • Buxton: "Jason, the Argonauts and Medea": pp. 108-113
    • Ovid: Met. Book VII: Jason and Medea (pp. 153-167 Humphries)
    F Oct 16: Jason and Medea
    • Euripides: Medea (pp. 334-390 Roche)
    Week 9
    M Oct 19: Theseus and the Minotaur
    • Buxton: "Theseus and the Heroic Athenian Past": pp. 124-129
    • Ovid: Met. Book VII: Crete and Athens; Book VIII: Labyrinth & Ariadne (pp. 167-174; 186-187 Humphries)
    W Oct 21: Hippolytus, Europa, Scylla and Minos, Daedalus and Icarus
    • Buxton: "Daidalos and Icarus" and "Teiresias": pp. 92-93; "Crete": pp. 194-199
    • Ovid: Met. Book II: Europa; Book VIII: Nisus & Scylla; Daedalus & Icarus (pp. 54-56; 181-186; 187-190 Humphries)
    • Euripides: Hippolytus (46-99 Roche)
    F Oct 23: Cadmus and Thebes (Tiresias, Echo and Narcissus)
    • Ovid: Met. Book III: Cadmus; Tiresias; Echo & Narcissus; The End of Cadmus (pp. 57-61; 67-73; 99-100 Humphries)
    Week 10
    M Oct 26: Dionysus
    • Buxton: "Dionysus and his followers": p. 81-82
    • Homeric Hymns: VII. To Dionysus (pp. 100-105 Cashford)
    • Euripides: Bacchae (pp. 392-456 Roche)
    • Ovid: Met. Book III: Semele; Pentheus (pp. 64-66; 73-80 Humphries)
    W Oct 28: Oedipus
    • Buxton: "The House of Laius": pp. 162-166
    • Sophocles: Oedipus the King ( NOT Oedipus at Colonus) (pp. 209-264 Roche)
    F Oct 30: Antigone, the Seven against Thebes, and the Calydonian Boar Hunt
    • Buxton: "Meleager, Atalanta, and the Kalydonian Boar": pp. 106-107;  "Eteokles and Polyneikes", "The Capture of Thebes", and "Antigone": pp. 166-168
    • Ovid: Met. Book VIII: The Calydonian Boar; The Brand of Meleager (pp. 190-198 Humphries)
    Week 11
    M Nov 2:  MIDTERM II

    W Nov 4: Some Pretty and Not So Pretty Myths
    • Buxton: "Tereus, Prokne, and Philomela": pp. 154-155; "Admetos and Alkestis": pp. 170-171
    • Ovid: Met. Book IV: Pyramus & Thisbe; Book VI: Tereus, Procne, and Philomela (pp. 83-86; 143-151 Humphries)
    • Euripides: Alcestis (pp. 3-43 Roche)
    F Nov 6: The Trojan War: Pre-Homerica
    • Buxton: "The Trojan War": pp. 130-135
    • Homer: Iliad Books 1, 3, 6, 9 (pp. 1-19, 28-42, 69-82, 92-106 Essential Homer)
    Week 12
    M Nov 9: The Trojan War: Homer's Iliad
    • Buxton: "The Iliad": p. 135-136
    • Homer: Iliad Books 15-16, 22, 24 (pp. 141-174, 205-221, 230-240 Essential Homer)
    W Nov 11: The Trojan War: Post-Homerica
    • Sophocles: Philoctetes (pp. 107-160 Roche)
    • Homer: Odyssey Book 4 (pp. 255-269 Essential Homer)
    F Nov 13: The Trojan War: The Sack of Troy
    • Buxton: "To the Fall of Troy" and "The Wooden Horse" and "The Greeks Return Home": pp. 136-140; "Troy": pp. 200-205
    • Ovid: Met. Book XIII:  After the Fall; Polyxena; Polydorus & Hecuba; Memnon (pp. 319-326 Humphries)
    Week 13
    M Nov 16: The Odyssey: Phaeacian Tales
    • Buxton: "The Odyssey", "Polyphemos", "Aiolos": pp. 140-141
    • Homer: Odyssey Books 8-12 (pp. 294-365 Essential Homer)
    W Nov 18: The Odyssey: Phaeacian Tales, Part 2
    • Buxton: "Circe", "Underworld", "Aiolos", etc. : pp. 141-143
    • Homer: Odyssey Books 16 (pp. 378-388 Essential Homer)
    F Nov 20: The Odyssey: Homecoming, Recognition, and Revenge
    • Buxton: "Odysseus' Return" and "After the Odyssey": pp. 143-145
    • Homer: Odyssey Books 18-19, 21-23 (pp. 399-465 Essential Homer)
    Week 14
    M Nov 23: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

    W Nov 25: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

    F Nov 27NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)
    Week 15
    M Nov 30The House of Atreus: Oresteia
    • Buxton: "The House of Pelops": pp. 148-153
    • Sophocles: Electra (pp. 53-106 Roche)
    W Dec 2: Myth, Religion and Mystery Cults
    • Euripides: Bacchae (pp. 392-456 Roche) [You've already read this; just look it over again]
    • Homeric Hymns: II. To Demeter (5-26 Cashford)
    F Dec 4: The Afterlife of Myth: Amazons
    • Buxton: "Present and Future": pp. 244-245

    T Dec 15, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: FINAL EXAM

    Final will take place in our regularly scheduled classroom