Ancient Greek Mythology

Bella Vivante
TUESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 27, Feb. 3. 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 2015
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Ancient Greek Mythology

Spring 2015
In Session
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 27, Feb. 3. 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 2015


Main Campus



Perennially fascinating, ancient Greek mythology has inspired and continues to inform creative activity from “highbrow” literature to popular media. This course will explore major mythological events and characters beginning with the creation tale, which features a succession of generations of gods embroiled in gender and generational conflict. We will examine the gods’ importance in ancient Greek ritual and cultural life and then hero tales—Herakles, Oedipus, the Trojan War cycle, and more. By appreciating the diversity and complexities of ancient Greek mythological tales, we can move beyond the merely entertaining stories to learn that these myths touch on virtually every aspect of human relationships and activities. The stories reveal ancient Greek thinking on profound human issues, and these insights will in turn illuminate our contemporary values and beliefs.

Required Reading: 

Powell, Barry B. Classical Myth.  8th ed. Longman, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0321967046.


Please note: This is the newest edition, but earlier esitions are acceptable, too.





Meet Your Professor

Professor Emerita
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Honored to receive 2018’s Ted & Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award, Bella brings her enthusiastic love of Ancient Greek poetry and culture to her HSP classes: Homer’s brilliant epics, select themes in Greek drama, Ancient Anatolia, more. See this dynamic antiquity in her Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, translation of Euripides’s Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, or Women and Family in Ancient Greece DVD.


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