Ancient Greek Mythology

Bella Vivante
Tuesdays 1 PM - 3 PM
February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 5, and 12, 2022
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Ancient Greek Mythology

Spring 2022
In Session
1 PM - 3 PM
February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 5, and 12, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online!
See Below for full details about our new Hybrid courses

Ever fascinating, ancient Greek mythology still inspires multimedia creative expressions. We will see why as we thematically explore a diverse array of delightful ancient tales. First, creation tales of the earth and deities, gender, and generational conflicts that end with the god Zeus as supreme ruler. Then on to particular deities and their importance in Greek ritual and culture. Next, the hero tales grouped into dramatic epic clusters—the culture heroes Herakles, Theseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Oedipus, and the Trojan War cycle. These tales treat virtually every aspect of human relationships and activities, revealing how the Greeks perceived them and illuminating modern ideas and works.

NEW - Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered both in person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. All students attending on campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to attend in person will also have complete online access to the course including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • Barry Powell, Classical Myth. Pearson. 8th ed. ordered; any edition acceptable.
  • Additional brief readings will be provided to students online.

Course Registration

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.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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