Online Class: Greek Mythology

An overview of Greek mythology including a timeline and the stories of the gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines.

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Course Description

Do you feel totally clueless when it comes to Greek Mythology? Do you often say to yourself:  "It's all Greek to me"?  You were supposed to learn this stuff in school but classical mythology isn't really taught anymore in elementary or secondary schools. This basic self-paced course can help.

Greek Mythology will give you an overview of the huge collection of stories explaining the creation of the world and the lives of the gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines. The scope of the Greek myths is astounding.  Starting with the birth of the world, through bloody wars like Troy and Thebes, heroic acts of Hercules and childish pranks by Hermes, and the touching stories of mother love in Demeter and Persephone.

Greek myths have passionate love stories, adventure stories, superhuman tales, fairy tales, magical stories, tales of gods and monsters and beasts and stories of witchcraft and sorcery.  We've inherited these myths in the form of art and literature. It's really entertaining to discover them.
More and more, we are finding evidence of Greek myths in our everyday lives and the student of Greek mythology will soon find themselves in the middle of a fascinating and entertaining vista.  Anyone who has ever seen the spectacle of the Olympics will understand just how our entire world culture has been influenced by the mythology of the Greeks and even today, those ties to the past can be seen in everything from paintings to sculptures to film and books. 

These myths provide us with valuable insights into who we are because they are an essential part of all of our backgrounds.  When George Lucas first conceived on the wildly successful STAR WARS series, he admitted that many of the ideas were directly taken from Greek mythology – and the brilliant scholar Joseph Campbell was passionate about how the myths of the ancients have permeated into our own subconscious and became a vital part of who we are.

More than that, though, Greek mythology is a fascinating and enriching course that will give the student insights into human nature and into the very aspects of who we are.  Whether you’re looking for passionate love stories, adventures that will leave you breathless,  or want to delve into the world of monsters and sorcery, this is the course for you.  You’ll discover new ways to look at the world around you and see just where it is that the ancients have touched our modern-day lives.

Students of this course will discover how our very fabric of society is derived from the ancient Greeks and how our everyday world has elements that go back centuries – back to the ages when the Greeks brought us tales of gods and warriors, of love lost and love regained, of triumph over incredible odds. 

You’ll learn that there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to understanding Greek mythology.  Many people are put off by the term “classical mythology,” but the fact is that these are adventure tales that can be as exciting as anything on the screen today.  (In fact, films like TROY and the upcoming 300 are a direct result of those ancient myths – and they are far from boring.)

The course will cover such diverse areas as:

·        The reasons for taking a mythology course:  The student will understand what a myth is, why it is important to our society, and how myths have always impacted the world today.  Students will understand the attraction to delving into the very aspects of creation that have been a part of our nature since the dawn of time.

·        In the beginning:  Students will examine the Greek ideas of creation and understand the birth of Man from the gods.  The Titans will be discussed, as well as the Olympians and learn about the Five Ages of Mankind – and we’ll see how Pandora unleashed a series of misfortunes upon our world through such a simple thing as curiosity.

·        The gods and early heroes in mythology:  The student will learn about the gods and early heroes, including the 12 gods and goddesses of the Pantheon.

·        The great heroes during the Trojan War:  You will learn about the causes of the Trojan War, and will examine such great heroes as Odysseus, Achilles and Paris – understanding the very nature of friendship and sacrifice.

·        Stories of love in mythology:  The student will discover great stories of love in the myths of the Greeks, and see how they have been handed down through the centuries, even affecting the world that we live in today.

·        Famous Greek mythology families and their cities:  Continuing with understanding how Greek mythology affects the world today, the student will examine some of the greatest Greek families and see how their influence affected the very cities that they either conquered or created.

·        More myths from Greek mythology:  Students will learn about Sisyphus, King Midas, Oedipus (which became one of the most important stories of modern times and influenced such areas as modern psychology).

All in all, students of this course will see how incredibly rich and exciting the Greek myths are and how they have literally impacted every area of life today, from art to architecture to literature.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Greek Mythology

What is a myth and why are myths relevant today? Additional lesson topics: The Greek Gods 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Which are your favorite types of Myths?; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment: Reasons for Taking a Mythology Course
  • Complete Assignment: Defining Myth

Lesson 2: In The Beginning

Creation of the world, the Early Gods -- Titans, Rise of the Olympians, Creation of man and woman and Introduction to heroes. Additional lesson topics: Homer and the Human Condition; Homer and Greek Mythology 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson 2 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Where did you learn your first Greek myths?
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: Finding other Myths
  • Complete Assignment: Homer's Odysseus and the Human Condition through Myth
  • Assessment: Quiz on Lesson 1

Lesson 3: The Gods and Early Heroes in Mythology

The Gods and Early Heroes in Mythology including the 12 gods and goddesses of the Pantheon. Additional lesson topics: Greek Mythological Heroes; Greek Gods Explained 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Famous Myths
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: God or Hero.
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 2

Lesson 4: The Great Heroes during the Trojan War

The Great Heroes during the Trojan War: Odysseus, Achilles, Paris Additional lesson topics: The Trojan War and Literature; The Trojan War 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson 4 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: The Odyssey
  • Complete Assignment: The Myth of the Trojan War and its influence
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 3

Lesson 5: Stories of Love in Mythology

Stories of Love in Mythology: abduction of Europa, Atalanta's suitors, Persephone and Demeter, Medea. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson 5 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Eros and Psyche
  • Complete Assignment: The Greeks and Love.
  • Assessment: Quiz on Lesson 4

Lesson 6: Famous Greek Mythology Families and Their Cities

Lesson 6: Stories of the more famous Greek families and the cities they founded or conquered. Additional lesson topics: Timeline of Greek Political History 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Sparta vs Athens
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 5

Lesson 7: More Myths from Greek Mythology

Sisyphus, King Midas, Dionysis, Orpheus, Andromeda and Perseus, Artimis and Apollo, Oedipus and Pan 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson 7 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: What do you think about this course?; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 6: The Minotaur or the Gorgon's Head
  • Complete: Final Assignment
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define Greek Mythology.
  • Describe the gods and early heroes in mythology.
  • Describe the great heroes during the trojan war.
  • Summarize stories of love in mythology.
  • Describe famous greek mythology families and their cities.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Greek Mythology
Course Number: 7550449
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,242 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $90.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I thought the assignments really made me learn an extra amount. They were fun, and challenging. I LOVED this class. I also could tell the teacher was very knowledgeable and always gave me a speedy return on grading, etc....Very interesting class, smart and friendly instructor. It wasn't overly easy, and I really liked that. I learned A LOT in this class." -- Caroline S.
  • "The instructor has provided a very orgainzed and detailed course. The reading materials were interesting, but at times I did become a bit overwhelmed at all of the names of the ancient gods and goddesses and their relationships with one another and with the mortals. I appreciate your prompt responses to my email messages and your grading of the assignments and quizzes. This course should be rated with four stars. I have enjoyed my walk with you, even though it was "all Greek to me". I can only hope that you will offer more courses, such as Roman Mythology!!!" -- Sara H.
  • "A fantastic introduction to the myth's of ancient greece with a slight flavouring of Humanities subjects. Realistic expectations of work load with the chance to expand on the work and explore styles within and around the subject. A correct and non bias presentation of the facts of myths without becoming too narrow....Well done. You have inspired me and made a difference to my learning experience. Its course like this that inspire me to go forward in my personal study and achieve my personal goals." -- Chris M.