This course focuses on the mythological stories, figures, and settings of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including the Near East and Egypt. Works of ancient literature and art are introduced and analyzed, as well as the theories of anthropology, religious studies, and art history. Important themes are landscape, memory, narrative, and the role of Classical myth on popular culture.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Day: 1- Piraeus- Sunday, 14 July
July 14 (Piraeus, Greece) The Field Lab for this course will be a group visit two archaeological sites and two museums. Students will have the opportunity to view ancient mythology in relation to the topography and built environment of the ancient Mediterranean, as well as to study and analyze art objects firsthand. Athens was sacred to the Greek goddess Athena (the Roman goddess Minerva), and Athens was considered the most sacred location for her worship in the ancient world. In Athens students will see both the ‘sacred city’ (the Acropolis) and its finds (Acropolis Museum), and the ‘secular’ city (the Agora) and its finds (Agora Museum), as well as the Theater of Dionysos, where famous tragedies and comedies were performed in antiquity. The importance of Athens as the cultural and political center is unparalleled in all of ancient Greece.