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CLAS 220 Introduction to Classical Mythology Spring 2015MW 2:20-3:35 Booker T. Washington 201Instructor: Dr. Alexander Beecroft ([email protected])Office Hours: MW 3:45-5:00, or by appointmentHumanities Office Building 707CLAS 220 Introduction to Classical Mythology Spring 2015 MW 2:20-3:35 Booker T. Washington 201 Instructor: Dr. Alexander Beecroft ([email protected])Office Hours: MW 3:45-5:00, or by appointmentHumanities Office Building 707READ THE SYLLABUS CAREFULLY BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS!Learning Outcomes:The student who successfully completes CLAS 220 will be able to:1. describe the fundamental principles of Greek and Roman Mythology, and of the texts inwhich they appear.2. identify and demonstrate the role mythology played in Greece and Rome.3. explain the symbols and stories of the early Greeks and Romans 4. discuss the connections between Greek and Roman mythology and the later Westerntradition5. relate the stories of Greek and Roman mythology to their daily lives Non-measurable learning outcomes:These are things you won’t be directly accountable for in class, but which I hope you takeaway from the course – a college education isn’t just about doing assignments and gettinggrades, it’s about fostering your own intellectual growth by applying yourself to studyingsomething new. I hope you all come away from this course with a fascination for the strangeand wonderful world of Greek myths, with a powerful sense of just how weird and alienGreek and Roman religion is when compared to modern religions. I hope you’ve had theexperience of losing yourself in reading great works of literature. I hope you’ve thought alittle bit more about human nature, and about how you might understand yourself or thepeople around you differently by thinking through stories from Greek and Roman myth. You’re not officially accountable for any of these things, but I can pretty much guaranteethat if you experience them, you’ll have no trouble succeeding in the course!Specifics of course:1) Attendance mandatory: attendance to be taken through use of clickers to answer4-6 quiz questions per lecture. Grades from these quizzes will be entered intoBlackboard, and will form part of your final grade in the course. Class participationalso expected through questions and discussions during lectures. Quiz questions willbe randomly distributed through the lecture period.2) The reading assignments listed beside each date on the next page need to be readand prepared before you come to class.3) The grade for the class will be based on three midterm examinations worth 20%each of your final grade for a total of 75%, and one final examination worth 30% ofyour final grade. Performance on quiz questions taken through clickers will countfor 10% of your final grade.4) University of South Carolina policy states that “Absence from more than 10 percentof the scheduled class sessions, whether excused or unexcused, is excessive andthe instructor may choose to exact a grade penalty for such absences.” As a result,any student missing more than three classes for any reason will receive a lower finalgrade than their exam average would indicate: an A average on an exam with morethan three absences will result in a B+, a B+ exam average would result in a finalgrade of B, and so on. More than five absences in the semester, excused or not, willbe grounds to deny credit.5) The exams and final will be based on your reading, and on the lectures. Readingsare required!Required Textbooks:Euripides. 2002. Four Plays: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae. Corr. Ed. FocusPublishing/R. Pullins Company. Homer. 1998. The Odyssey: The Fitzgerald Translation. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Homer. 2004. The Iliad: The Fitzgerald Translation. First Edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Ovid. 2009. Metamorphoses. Reissue. Oxford University Press, USA. Rayor, Diane. 2004. The Homeric Hymns: A Translation, with Introduction and Notes. 1st ed.University of California Press. Sophocles. 2002. Sophocles: The Theban Plays: Antigone/King Oidipous/Oidipous at Colonus.Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company. Virgil. 1990. The Aeneid. REVISED. Vintage,.Readings and Lectures:Day Date Text and Author Reading Assignment1 M, 1/12 NO CLASS – Instructor Absent2 W, 1/14 Course Introduction,Homeric Hymns2, 5M, 1/19 MLK DAY – No Classes3 W, 1/21 Homeric Hymns 3,4,7,194 M, 1/26 Philostratus, Heroikos Handout on Blackboard5 W, 1/28 Homer, lliad 1-46 M, 2/2 Homer, lliad 5-87 W, 2/4 Homer, lliad 9-128 M, 2/9 Homer, lliad 13-169 W, 2/11 FIRST MIDTERM 10 M, 2/16 Homer, Iliad 17-2011 W, 2/18 Homer, Iliad 21-2412 M, 2/23 Homer, Odyssey 1-613 W, 2/25 Homer, Odyssey 7-1214 M, 3/2 Homer, Odyssey 13-1815 W, 3/4 Homer, Odyssey 19-24M, 3/9 Spring Break, no classes -----------------------W, 3/11 Spring Break, no classes -----------------------16 M, 3/16 Sophocles Oedipus the King,17 W, 3/18 Sophocles Oedipus at Colonnus, Antigone18 M, 3/23 Euripides Medea19 W, 3/25 SECOND MIDTERM20 M, 3/30 Euripides Hippolytus, Bacchae21 W, 4/1 Virgil, Aeneid 1-322 M, 4/6 Virgil, Aeneid 4-623 W, 4/8 Virgil, Aeneid 7-924 M, 4/13 Virgil, Aeneid 10-1225 W, 4/15 THIRD MIDTERM26 M, 4/20 Ovid, Metamorphoses 1-427 W, 4/22 Ovid, Metamorphoses 5-828 M, 4/27 Ovid, Metamorphoses 9-12 Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:30 PM-3:00 PMFinal ExamNote: students may receive extra credit (equal to five correct quiz question answers) by emailing the instructor before 2:20 PM on Wednesday, 14 January, 2015, with the correct date and time for the final examination. No late extra credit will be


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