Classical Studies | Ovidian Mythology and Its Tradition
C416 | ALL | Bannon


CLAS-C 416  Ovidian Mythology and Its Tradition
Section 14296, 29094 (Honors section) / Bannon

Through readings in classical and modern poetry, we will explore how
different versions of myth cohere and contradict, how different
societies adapt myth to express their own meaning. The course will
investigate both Ovidís versions of selected myths and later poetís
responses to them. We will focus on several mythological figures and
their stories, including (but not limited to) Apollo and Daphne,
Demeter and Persephone, Theseus and Ariadne, Orpheus and Eurydice.
We will discuss myths about these figures with the following
questions in mind: What is the point of revisionist myth-making?
Where does myth support traditional values and how can it operate as
a vehicle of change? Students will have an opportunity to both
analyze myths comparatively and to create their own modern re-
tellings of a myth.  (A&H)