Section Information for Fall 2021
This course examines the iconography and major narratives of ancient Greek mythology using both primary texts in translation and ancient representations of these myths. By examining the literary tradition and the extant visual material, we will explore the function of myth in ancient Greek society, the types of sources available to modern students of mythography, and the continued presence of mythological themes in Western culture. Students will learn how to visually analyze works of art, both for their style and content as they learn stories of the gods and heroes. Interpretation of artistic images will be our primary goal. We will analyze these images and stories primarily in examples of Classical (ancient Greek and Roman) art, but we will also cover select works of art from the Post Classical periods (ca. 1400 CE/AD to the present) in order to demonstrate the long-lasting effects that Greek myth has had on artistic production and the value in being able to identify these visual narratives. This semester, the course will be taught as an asynchronous online course.
ARTH 102 DL1 is a distance education section.