Monday, September 10, 2012
Dear Myth Students,
Thank you for signing up for Greek and Roman Mythology! Over this 10-week course, we’ll examine the fascinating myths of the Greeks and Romans through close reading of primary texts (Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, and Ovid). We’ll also learn to analyze myth using various theoretical approaches as tools to better understand how myth operates. Among other questions, we’ll ask: What can myth tell us about what made the Greeks and Romans tick as individual human beings and as members of larger groups? What aspects of classical myth are relevant even today?
Our course will begin September 24, 2012. We’ll notify you again closer to the start of the course. In the meantime, I strongly recommend purchasing or borrowing from a library the texts listed below, which will form the core of our class readings:
Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1, ed. by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992)
Greek Tragedies Vol. 3, ed. by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992)
Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days, M. L. West, trans. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988 or 2009)
Homeric Hymns, Sarah Ruden, trans. (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2005)
Homer, The Odyssey, Robert Fagles, trans. (New York: Penguin, 1997 or 2006)
Virgil, The Aeneid, Robert Fitzgerald, trans. (New York: Vintage, 1990)
Ovid, Metamorphoses, David Raeburn, trans. (New York: Penguin, 2004)
These versions are a pleasure to work with, in any format you like (hard copy or digital). I will also be making references to texts in class using the reference systems (page/line numbers) of the texts listed above. For those unable to obtain the recommended translations, the most useful English versions available freely on the internet tend to be found on the Perseus website at Tufts (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/).
We look forward to seeing you later in September!
Dr. Peter Struck