LIT421 Classical Mythology (Fall, Spring)

Myths and rituals of Greek mythology and religion. Ancient poets/playwrights and important mythological themes found in later Western religious/artistic traditions.

Learn to interpret the many examples of mythological themes that occur in Italian art and literature. From the twelve Olympian gods to the Trojan sagas and the Roman kings. Emphasis given to those themes that are especially relevant for the students’ experience in Italy, so one of the site visits will be at the Uffizi, to find the many connections between Renaissance art and ancient Mythology. Finally, the course aims to present the students with a reflection on the role of Mythology in our contemporary society: where can we find our Hercules or Perseus? Who can be the new Achilles?

Cross-listed with CLA/REL 421.

This course has an associated course fee. See the Course Fees webpage for more information.

Department: Literature

Location: Florence

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3