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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.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading and writing level.

Course Goals

The course will provide an overview of Greek mythology. Students will learn the myths of earth's creation, the Pantheon of Olympus, major and minor gods and the Greek heroes before and after the Trojan War. Students discover many lesser known myths by doing their own research and writing the stories in their own words for assignments.

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course is divided into 7 lessons. At the end of each lesson will be brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material. There are points for assignments and quizzes and class participation in forums (discussions). A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Course Topics

Introduction to Mythology

Lesson 1: In The Beginning
Lesson 2: The Gods and Early Heroes in Mythology
Lesson 3: The Great Heroes during the Trojan War
Lesson 4: Stories of Love in Mythology
Lesson 5: Famous Greek Mythology Families and Their Cities
Lesson 6: Other Myths in Greek Mythology

Recommended Books

Although there are no Required books for this course, here are some Recommended titles for enhanced study:
1.  The Everything Classical Mythology Book: Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters from Ares to Zeus (Everything Series) (Paperback)   Book link to The Everything Classical Mythology Book
2.  Mythology (Paperback)  Book link to Edith Hamilton Mythology
3.  Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek and Roman Mythology, Specially Arranged for Children Five and Up by an Educational Expert (Paperback) Book Link to Read Aloud Myths

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.
  • Know stories of love in mythology.
  • Describe famous greek mythology families and their cities, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction Assignment: Reasons for Taking a Mythology Course10
Defining Myth25
Homer's Odysseus and the Human Condition through Myth25
Lesson 1: Finding other Myths20
Quiz on Lesson 110
Lesson 2: God or Hero.20
Quiz for Lesson 212
The Myth of the Trojan War and its influence20
Lesson 3: The Odyssey20
Quiz for Lesson 310
Lesson 4: Eros and Psyche20
Quiz on Lesson 49
Lesson 5: Sparta vs Athens20
Quiz for Lesson 511
Assignment 6: The Minotaur or the Gorgon's Head20
Final Assignment5
Total Points:257

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