Professor Rulman
89 Alumni Hall
Office Hours: 9:30-10:20 MWF


A. Morford and Lenardon, Classical Mythology
B. Davis, A Study Guide for Classical Mythology pdf
C. Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. Jackson
D. Homer, Odyssey, trans. Lattimore
E. Aeschylus I, Oresteia, trans. Meineck
F. O'Neill, Three Plays
G. Vergil, Aeneid, trans. Mandelbaum


There are three components in the course:

A. Lectures: The purpose of the lectures will be to discuss the vision of the hero as it appears in Greek and Roman saga and legend. The lectures will examine the role of the hero in the religion, history, art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

B. Tape-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 is 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 saga from a purely literary experience into a musical and artistic one. Be sure to have completed the assigned readings before viewing the units. Since each week's readings are quizzed on Thursdays, since there are no reservations taken for viewing the units and since there are only two copies available, do not wait until Wednesday night to view the units. (Library hours: M-Th 8AM-12 MID, F 8AM-9PM, SAT 9-5, SUN 1PM-12MID).

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 saga. The study guide and the slide/tape 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 on the tape.


A. This course is graded on the basis of 300 points:

Quizzes: Ten 10-point weekly multiple choice mini-quizzes given during the first fifteen minutes of class on Thursdays (unless noted).

Essay /Exam: One 50 point essay exam given on MAR 3, one 40 point take home essay due APR 12.

Final: 100 pt. multiple choice/short answer/ essay exam.
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 mini-quizzes will cover the readings in the text and the review materials in the slide-tape units and will generally include:
1. 1-2 identifications of works of art (by subject only) seen in the slide- tape 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 saga as made in a short passage from Western literature

4. 4-7 questions based on the readings or slide-tape unit

C. The essay exam will cover the material discussed in the lectures and the readings in the primary sources assigned for the lectures (Gilgamesh, Ovid, Homer). The essay exam will consist of several short identifications and 2 short essays. The take home essay will cover material discussed in the lectures and the plays of Aeschylus and O'Neill.

D. The Final Exam will consist of multiple choice, short identifications and short essays (including slide
identifications of subjects from saga). 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.