Classical Mythology, Day 6

In this class we continue are examination of the establishment of a Panhellenic pantheon from the ‘microcosmic’ (or dramatic) perspective afforded by the Homeric Hymns. Unlike the previous investigations of Aphrodite, Hermes, and Demeter, the cases of Apollo and Athena present interpretive challenges and important opportunities for thinking about the diverse and sometimes conflicting roles … More Classical Mythology, Day 6

Classical Mythology, Day 2

This class presents an overview of Greek creation myth, focusing in particular on the story as told by Hesiod’s Theogony. By comparing the Theogony and its amalgamation of cosmogony (“creation of the universe”) and theogony (creation of the gods), we can see how this particular narrative uses biological reproduction as the dominant creative metaphor. In addition, comparisons to the … More Classical Mythology, Day 2