Greek & Roman Mythology

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CLST 100 910
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Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)
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Myths are traditional stories that have endured many years.  Some of them haveto do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation.Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits andcourage in the face of adversity.  Still others are simple tales aboutotherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed.What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hearthem?  This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as wellas a few contemporary American ones, as a way of exploring the nature of mythand the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.  We willalso pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understoodtheir own myths.  Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth?Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture?  Are theyentertaining stories that people like to tell over and over?  Are they a setof blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it?  Investigatethese questions through a variety of topics creation of the universe betweengods and mortals, religion and family, sex, love, madness, and death.

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