The study of classical mythology allows for an understanding and appreciation of the iconography of Greek, Roman and all later western painting, sculpture and literature. Students learn to interpret the many examples of mythological themes that occur in Italian art and literature. Emphasis given to those themes that are especially relevant for the students’ experience in Italy. The course begins with an introduction to the Greek myths of creation and the twelve Olympian gods. The course also covers Theban, Mycenean and Trojan sagas, and focuses on the myths of individual heroes such as Heracles, Theseus, Perseus and Jason. Cross-listed with LIT/CLA 421.
Semesters: Fall, Spring