In Greek mythology, there is no single original text like the Christian Bibleor the Hindu. Instead, the earliest Greek myths were part of an oral tradition that began in the Bronze Age, and their plots and themes unfolded gradually in the written literature of the archaic and classical periods.
Homer was the author of the first European literary classics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in the 8th-century BC. The course will discuss these works, which present the (mythical) Trojan War as a divine conflict as well as a human one.
The course will also introduce the students the main aspects of the ancient Greek mythology including the Olympian Gods. Students will visit archaeological sites at Mycenae and Delphi.