Honors | Ovidian Mythology and Its Tradition (CLAS)
C416 | 29094 | Cynthia Bannon
(Meets with another section of CLAS-C 416)
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) Demeter and
Persephone, Iphigenia and Agamemnon, Orpheus, Romulus. 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
1. Hansen, W. Classical Mythology. A Guide to the Mythical World of
the Greeks and Romans. Oxford and New York: Oxford University
Press, 2005. ISBN10: 0195300351
2. Athanassakis, A. N. The Homeric Hymns. Baltimore, Md.: The
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976. ISBN 0801817927.
3. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Translated by R. Humphries. Bloomington,
In.: Indiana University Press, 1960. ISBN 0253200016
4. Dove, R. Mother Love. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996. ISBN
5. De Nicola, D. ed. Orpheus and Company. Contemporary Poems on
Greek Mythology. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 1999.
6. Wallace-Hadrill, A. Augustan Rome. Bristol: Bristol Classical
Press, 1993. ISBN 1-85399-138-4
Analytical Papers 30% (10% each)
Creative Project 20% (10% project itself; 10% analysis)
Quizes 20% (for honors students, 10% quizzes, 10%
Honors students will give an in-class presentation of a modern poem.
There will be no extra credit awarded in this course.