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A. Morford and Lenardon, Classical Mythology
available online :
B. Davis, A Study Guide for Classical Mythology
C. Ovid, Metamorphoses, trans. Humphries
D. Euripides, Hippolytus,0006,005
E. O'Neill, Three Plays

There are three components in the course:

A. LECTURES: The purpose of the lectures will be to discuss the ways in which myth in general
and classical myth in particular function in society. The lectures will examine the follwing themes:
Myth as a Way of Thinking, Myth in Ancient Religion, Myth in Literature, Myth in Film and Myth in Art.

B. SLIDE UNITS: (30 - 40 minute taped slide lectures available on the campus intranet at and on reserve in Geisel Library.) The purpose
of these units will be to illustrate, explain, reinforce and focus each week's reading assignments. The weekly
taped slide lecture is a complement (not a supplement) to the text and live lectures; it is a way of expanding
your experience with classical myth from a purely literary experience i nto a musical and artistic one. Be sure
to have completed the assigned readings before viewing the units.

The Davis Study Guide, which provides an outline of the slide lectures, will help you to sort out the more
important from the less important stories and characters which form the content of classical mythology.
The study guide and the slide units can be found on the campus intranet at

C. READINGS: The Morford and Lenardon Classical Mythology will serve as the basic text for this course.
The purpose of the readings outside the Morford and Lenardon text is to "flesh out" the sometimes summarized
versions of important stories in the text and to supply the primary material for many lectures. Since the lectures and
readings are closely coordinated it is a good idea to do the assigned readings for Thursday's quiz before Tuesday's lecture.
Otherwise you will have difficulty following the lectures and it will take you several hours (rather than 30 - 45 minutes)
to digest the material in the taped unit.

A. This course is graded on the basis of 300 points:
Quizzes: Ten 10-point weekly multiple choice quizzes given during the first fifteen minutes of class on Thursdays (unless noted).
Essay Exams: Two 50 point essay exams given on OCT 12 and NOV 21.
Final: 100 pt. multiple choice/short answer/ essay exam given on DEC 9.
A = 93-100% = 279-300 pts. C = 73-76% = 219-230 pts.
A- = 90-92% = 270-278 pts. C- = 70-72% = 210-218 pts.
B+ = 87-89% = 261-269 pts. D+ = 67-69% = 201-209 pts.
B = 83-86% = 249-260 pts. D = 63-66% = 187-200 pts.
B- = 80-82% = 240-248 pts. D- = 60-62% = 180-186 pts.
C+ = 77-79% = 231-239 pts. E = 59% and below =179 pts. and below
F= Insufficient attendance to warrant a passing grade

B. The multiple choice quizzes will cover the readings in the text and the review materials in the slide units and will generally include:
1. 1-2 identifications of works of art (by subject only) seen in the slide unit.
2. 1-2 identifications of works not seen in the slide unit, but of similar subjects.
3. 1-2 questions in which you will be asked to identify an allusion to a classical myth as made in a short passage from Western literature.
4. 4-7 questions based on the readings or slide unit.

C. The essay exams will cover the material discussed in the lectures and the readings in the primary sources assigned for the lectures
(handouts, Ovid, the plays of Euripides and O'Neill). Each essay exam will consist of several short identifications and 2 short essays.

D. The Final Exam will consist of multiple choice, short identifications and short essays (including slide identifications of mythological
subjects). It will be comprehensive, but will concentrate on material since the last essay exam.

E. You are expected to take the quizzes and examinations on the date and time indicated.
Make-ups will NOT be given in this course.