Myth was essential for the making of Greek, identity in antiquity; by telling and retelling, under ever-changing circumstances the stories of, gods and goddesses, heroines and heroes, ancient, Greeks expressed their evolving self-understanding, to each other and the world around them. To, understand the way Greeks used myth to define, themselves, in this course we give a close reading, to selections from our sources for Greek, myth--Homer, Hesiod, Greek tragedians, historians,, and philosophers, and the Roman poet Ovid. In, addition, we examine modern theories and, contemporary popular uses of myth to determine how, myth speaks to the ancient and modern world.
Introduction to ancient Roman thought and culture, as reflected in archaeology, architecture, art,, history, literature, philosophy, and religion., Special emphasis on the core values of ancient, Roman culture, and how these compare or contrast, to our own.