Green Classical Mythology II syllabus

Classical Mythology II – Mr. Green
Syllabus, Winter 2015
Welcome to Classical Mythology II! This course offers a general introduction to the
sacred stories, or myths, of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Through readings, lectures,
and class discussions we will examine the myths as they are transmitted to us in ancient
literature (epic, tragedy, etc.), as well as the visual arts (vase painting, sculpture, etc.).
You will analyze ancient myths, investigate what those myths tell us about the ancient
world, and explore themes and motifs, which relate to the modern world. Moreover, you
will equip yourself with the background necessary to make modern literature, philosophy,
religion, and art more intelligible and meaningful.
In this course we will examine ancient attitudes regarding war, heroism, and man’s place
in the world. In addition, we will discuss and debate the role of man, the gods, and fate
in ancient mythology and reflect on how those attitudes have evolved over the millennia.
You will write summaries and analyses around themes, topics, and questions found in
ancient mythology. This will help you to work toward understanding the universal nature
of these stories. Remember that learning is your responsibility. Don't be afraid to make
mistakes, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
o To recognize that mythology provides perspective on man's place in the world
o To highlight the influence mythology has had and still has on literature and the
arts (visual, performing)
o To perform critical analysis to connect mythological literature and art to the
modern world
o Readings on Homer’s Iliad and Vergil’s Aeneid (provided)
o 3 ring binder with loose leaf paper and tabs for Notes, Weekly Quizzes, Tests, etc.
o Blue/Black ink pen or pencil
There are four categories that will be used to calculate a student's grade:
40% - Essays (assigned weekly)
30% - Daily quizzes
20% - Tests
10% - Online Myth Journal
You will be expected to keep a myth element online journal in Haiku. Details about
expectations for your journal will be forthcoming.
Daily quizzes will be given at the beginning of class and will take a few minutes. Make
up quizzes will be given if a student is absent.
Essays will be assigned regularly during the trimester. Topics will vary.
One cumulative test will be given at the end of the trimester. Notice and contents of the
test will be given at least ten (10) days in advance.
o You are expected to come to class every day with all the materials you need,
including your textbook, notebook, and writing utensil. You will not be permitted
to leave the classroom to get materials you did not bring with you.
o Once class begins you may not leave except in case of emergency.
o No cell phones of any kind are permitted in the class at any time. Any
unauthorized cell phones will be confiscated and turned in to Mr. Stowers, to be
returned at his discretion.
o Dress code will be strictly enforced at all times.
o You are expected to abide by all Bullis School rules and the Honor Code at all
I am available to meet with you for extra help. The Upper School Extra Instruction time
in the schedule is the best time to come see me for help, though you should ask ahead of
time if I am available, because sometimes I have meetings or other responsibilities
scheduled during that time. If for some reason you cannot see me during Extra
Instruction, you and I can set up an appointment. Email is the most efficient way to
contact me: [email protected]