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Unit 1 : Cosmos >>
   

How did it all begin?  Unit 1 examines the foundation of the Greek cosmos — how it was created, and how it functioned.

These creation (and anti-creation) stories will set the stage for the myths to follow.

  Wednesday, September 6
  Topics for today
 

-- Course overview, requirements, and website
-- Ancient authors and genres in CC 220
-- Myth vs. mythology
-- Video: Louis C.K. on Achilles

 

Friday, September 8

  Due
 

-- MLS 2: Historical Background (40–57)
-- MLS 3: Myths of Creation (61–71)

   
  Topics for today
 

-- Introduction to Hesiod
-- Generations of gods
-- Handout: Theogony/Hesiod
-- Handout: Greco-Roman Conversion Charts
-- Papers: Overview

  Monday, September 11
  Due
 

-- MLS 3: Myths of Creation (72–80)
-- MLS 4: Zeus' Rise to Power (84–88)

   
  Topics for today
 

-- Creating the cosmos
-- Zeus & success(ion)
-- Video: Wonder Woman (2017, excerpt)

  Wednesday, September 13
  Due
 

-- Met 1: Proem – The second creation (15–33)
--
MLS 4: Zeus' Rise to Power (89–101)

   
  Topics for today
 

-- Ages of Mankind
-- Pandora's pithos

-- Introduction to Ovid

 

Friday, September 15

  Due
 

-- Met 1–2: Phaethon (46–64)

   
  Topics for today
  -- Destruction & re-creation
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