Classical Mythology 2015

CLST 105: Course Overview

William Blake, Ladder Uniting Heaven and Earth (Jacob's Ladder) (1799)

William Blake, Ladder Uniting Heaven and Earth (Jacob’s Ladder) (1799)

Classical Studies 105 offers a broad introduction to the vibrant world of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence today. Because myth touched every aspect of ancient life, this course will also shed light on the literature, art, and lived experience of the Greeks and Romans. The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the myths, with the primary texts in which they are told, with the place of myth-telling in ancient culture, and to introduce students to the chief interpretive theories of myth that have been developed over the past century. The course also touches on the transformation of ancient myths in modern storytelling. Emphasis will be placed on reading primary sources in English translation, and as a result students will become familiar with a variety of ancient literary genres. This course also develops valuable transferable skills in academic reading and writing.


Lecture Slides

Classroom slides are provided for convenience in PDF format. Note that quizzes and assignments are based on your primary and secondary readings (see syllabus).

Sample exam

Online readings


  • Interpretive Essay assignment, due Sep 28, optional rewrite due October 14
    • Prompt, project description and grading rubric
    • Sample essay (PDF format). This document is offered as one example of a reasonably well-prepared essay for the assignment’s rubric, to provide a reference for structure and style.
    • New: Checklist for your rewrite summary (to include as p. 1 of your optional rewrite).
    • Frequently asked questions
      • Formatting: Please double-space your essay and use a consistent citation style of your choice (APA or MLA or Chicago), including a page of references/works cited at the end of your essay.
      • Use of primary (ancient) sources: Select a myth or story which is discussed in this course and appears in the Anthology textbook. Choose a story of a length that suits your essay’s size and scope, and be sure that you reference primary evidence (by citing from the ancient texts; you do not necessarily need to quote, but you should at least paraphrase primary sources).
      • Use of secondary sources: You are very welcome to reference Dowden’s Uses of Greek Mythology and other, “outside” scholarly sources, but be sure to cite your sources (using a consistent style, as above).
      • What if I’m late submitting? If you have an unavoidable reason to submit late (for example, you’re ill and have a doctor’s note, or you have compassionate reasons), please speak to your TA or the instructor as soon as possible. If you don’t have such a reason but still expect to submit late, we will normally impose the following penalties: 1 day late: 5%; 2 days late: additional 5%; 3 days late: additional 5%; more than 3 days late: additional 20%; more than 7 days late: assignment not accepted.
  • Research paper assignment, due Nov 12, optional rewrite due Nov 30 [deadline extended]
  • Participation Project (for discussion sections)
  • Note that quizzes are administered in your discussion sections each week.

Using TurnItIn to submit your assignments

  • If you do not yet have a TurnItIn account, please register:
    1. Visit
    2. Click “Create account”, then click “Student”
    3. Enter the class ID corresponding to your discussion group, as follows:
      • D10: 10778101
      • D11: 10778107
      • D12: 10778114
      • D13: 10778162
      • D14: 10778169
      • D15: 10778174
      • D16: 10778184
      • D17: 10778191
      • D18: 10778198
      • D19: 10778206
    4. The password for your class is: worksanddays
      • FYI: is hosted in the United States. You are welcome to use an alias in place of your real name during registration, ensuring that your identifying details are not hosted in the USA. If you do, please email your alias to your TA. (Note also that we will not store your essays on TurnItIn’s database after the course is complete). For full instructions, see: http://
  •  If you already have a TurnItIn account: log in, click “enroll in a class”, and enter the appropriate class ID and class enrolment password above.

Writing Resources

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