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« Topic Start: April 08, 2010, 01:04:11 pm »

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Community folder, but settled here. Just like the title says, I'm taking Classical Mythology as my last gen. ed. course in the fall.  Grin I'm psyched. In addition to being something I'm interested in personally, it's going to be *perfect* to have had this course as it's something I'll undoubtedly teach in the English classroom. If only I could have fit the Bible as Literature course in my schedule, as that would also be perfect.

The class is definitely a Greek and Roman focus, but I'm hoping maybe there's some project or something where we get to choose a different culture to study. Because that would be awesome if I was forced to make time to read Norse mythology. Tongue

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it? Did it enhance or detract from your religious practices or beliefs?
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« Reply #1: April 08, 2010, 02:14:44 pm »

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Community folder, but settled here. Just like the title says, I'm taking Classical Mythology as my last gen. ed. course in the fall.  Grin I'm psyched. In addition to being something I'm interested in personally, it's going to be *perfect* to have had this course as it's something I'll undoubtedly teach in the English classroom. If only I could have fit the Bible as Literature course in my schedule, as that would also be perfect.

The class is definitely a Greek and Roman focus, but I'm hoping maybe there's some project or something where we get to choose a different culture to study. Because that would be awesome if I was forced to make time to read Norse mythology. Tongue

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it? Did it enhance or detract from your religious practices or beliefs?

I am so jealous!!
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« Reply #2: April 08, 2010, 03:14:56 pm »

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it? Did it enhance or detract from your religious practices or beliefs?

I took one a few years ago mainly because I wanted an easy A.  I don't think it made much of an impact on my religious practices/beliefs because they are about the same now as they were before that.  The only differance is that I'm leaning more toward Eclecticism these days.
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« Reply #3: April 09, 2010, 07:26:35 am »

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it?
I did. It wasn't about the content of myths themself, but about the history of their perception and interpretation from Cicero to modern psychology and anthropology. I found the subject interesting, but was very disappointed about the way the prof run the class.

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I wasn't Pagan at that time, I was just studying ancient history out of fascination for the ancient greek and roman culture. But I got more and more interested in the content of myths themselves while studying history. A pity I didn't find time to read much about them. I started that after graduating, but I still don't know much about a lot of myths.
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« Reply #4: April 09, 2010, 05:12:58 pm »

My Classical Mythology class had greek, roman (read the Oddessy and Classical Myth), some norse (small book of myths), some old English (Beowulf FTW) and.... On The Waterfront. The teacher had a thing for hero journeys.....
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« Reply #5: April 09, 2010, 10:48:50 pm »



Best of luck! Sometime down the line, I plan on taking a mythology class too, with whatever free electives I have left. With that said, my school only requires 33 credit hours for the major, 120 credit hours for the degree: only 60 of which being gen eds, and there is no minor requirement. I have about 9 credit hours worth of required classes to go, and 27 total hours left. Besides being the only math I'm good at, it's an example of the probability I will take this class (not factoring in laziness on my part when signing up for classes).    Cheesy

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I was a bit lucky last year. The Woman's Literature prof I had assigned the Tain (an old tale featuring the Celtic hero CulCulhullan (typo, I'm sure)), Beowulf, and some other fun stuff. I still don't know what the class had to do with woman's literature, but I'm sure it made sense to the prof somehow.    Roll Eyes

The old tales are great to read, and great for class discussions. It's all in the context though, so make sure you have a well planned out teaching style before attempting it. Teaching is like advertising and propaganda, half the battle is in the presentation.   Wink
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« Reply #6: April 10, 2010, 10:01:29 am »

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Community folder, but settled here. Just like the title says, I'm taking Classical Mythology as my last gen. ed. course in the fall. 

I am currently taking CM and I've enjoyed it so far.  The down side is that I have grown up with most of the tales or have read about them in my lit classes, so nothing is really new to me, but the class did teach me more about the Greek religion and other cultural aspects.

Good luck with the class!
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« Reply #7: April 11, 2010, 10:52:18 am »

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it? Did it enhance or detract from your religious practices or beliefs?

I did, but it wasn't very good. I got an A on the first test without studying, but I found the test and final exam to be unfair. On one of the tests, there was an essay question that went something like,  "Did Oedipus deserve his fate?", and instead of answering the question I wrote that it was a stupid and irrelevant question, as his fate was ordained before he was even born and didn't have much choice in the matter. It wasn't a good idea, in hindsight Tongue

My course wasn't taught by an actual professor, but by an advanced PhD student and another PhD student was the TA. It was clear they didn't have a deep familiarity with ancient Greek culture as a whole and were approaching the myths from a 21st century literary perspective rather than understanding them in ancient Greek context.
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« Reply #8: April 11, 2010, 01:39:26 pm »

Thanks for the replies; I've enjoyed hearing from everyone!

It was clear they didn't have a deep familiarity with ancient Greek culture as a whole and were approaching the myths from a 21st century literary perspective rather than understanding them in ancient Greek context.
Yeah, I'm wondering how much of that will be in this course... It's in the humanities department, and does look at the mythology's impact on the arts and culture, but I'm thinking/hoping we'll at least start out actually learning the myths and culture.

I know a smattering of classical mythology from high school and literature courses, but it will definitely be nice to look at them in depth all at once.
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« Reply #9: April 11, 2010, 02:15:02 pm »

Thanks for the replies; I've enjoyed hearing from everyone!
Yeah, I'm wondering how much of that will be in this course... It's in the humanities department, and does look at the mythology's impact on the arts and culture, but I'm thinking/hoping we'll at least start out actually learning the myths and culture.

From my understanding, unless the school has a Classics department, Greek Mythology is usually lumped in with Humanities.  But this isn't neccesarily a bad thing. The Lumped-in-with-Humanities Mythology course I took did try to stay within cultural context (although the professor seemed to go off on tangets relating to certain discredited anthropologists and writers).

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If your class is anything like mine, it will start out with the most famous creation story (the one involving parental incest, castration and cannibalism) and the more important gods.  After that it's the major heros and after that the Trojan War (and aftermath).  Although since you mentioned a section of non-Classical, I'm not sure how this would apply to you Cheesy
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« Reply #10: April 12, 2010, 01:47:53 pm »

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Community folder, but settled here. Just like the title says, I'm taking Classical Mythology as my last gen. ed. course in the fall.  Grin I'm psyched. In addition to being something I'm interested in personally, it's going to be *perfect* to have had this course as it's something I'll undoubtedly teach in the English classroom. If only I could have fit the Bible as Literature course in my schedule, as that would also be perfect.

The class is definitely a Greek and Roman focus, but I'm hoping maybe there's some project or something where we get to choose a different culture to study. Because that would be awesome if I was forced to make time to read Norse mythology. Tongue

Has anyone else taken a mythology course? How did you like it? Did it enhance or detract from your religious practices or beliefs?

My jealousy meter just went in the red!  I took a course in Greek Mythology a few years back, but like Arion my professor did not want to look at it from anything besides a modern perspective.  If I had anymore Gen eds to burn I would take the Northern European Mythology course.  Yeah they are broken up and that makes it real nice.
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« Reply #11: April 23, 2010, 07:03:28 pm »


I took a CM course many years ago as an undergrad, from the great classicist Jennifer Larson.  We learned the stories, and because of her research interests, we learned a great deal about how these myths fit into ancient Greek religious contexts.  We used the Morford and Lenardon text, and it's fantastic.  I found it an easy A, because so much of the course was devoted to learning the stories, which I already knew, but it was extremely enlightening, and one of the best classes I've ever had.
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