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Theories of Myth

W | 3:30-5:30

PRH 210

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From Hercules to Achilles, to Odysseus, and from Oedipus Rex to Medea, myths of the ancient Greek world are as popular today as they were thousands of years ago. Why do we re-tell those ancient myths today? What makes something a myth? What’s the difference between a myth and a story? Is it the great deeds of the supernatural characters? How did scholars try to explain the origin and function of myths? Do we produce myths today? The course will address those questions by looking at several myths of the ancient Greco-Roman world and the theories scholars developed in order to understand those stories as a sub-type of narrative.

Vaia Touna

This course has no required books. PDF readings will be available through the Blackboard course site.