Monday, November 5
Topics for the next three classes: The origin of man and the origin of human misery. Pandora and Eve. The first sacrifice Prometheus, fire, and the survival of man.
Assignments: Hesiod, Works and Days 1-201; re-read Theogony510-616; Genesis 1-10.
Wednesday, November 7
Assignments: Burkert, GR III (’Working sacred things: Animal sacrifice’); Vernant, ‘The Myth of Prometheus in Hesiod’, in Myth and Society in Ancient Greece, 183-201.
Friday, November 9
Assignments: Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound.
Monday, November 12
Topics for the next two classes: The heroic sagas. Myths of quest and return. The return of Agamemnon and Orestes’ ordeal.
Assignments: Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Libation Bearers.
FIRST PAPER DUE.
(NB: the first draft of the second paper is due on Monday, November 26)
Wednesday, November 14
Assignments: Aeschylus, Eumenides; F. Zeitlin, ‘The Dynamics of Misogyny in the Oresteia’, in Women in the Ancient World. The Arethusa Papers, edited by J. Peradotto and . P. Sullivan, 159-194. Bamberger, ‘The Myth of Matriarchy’, in Rosaldo and Lamphere (eds.) Woman, Culture, and Society, 263-80.
Friday, November 16
more on the Oresteia
Week 12 Monday, November 19
Topics for the next two classes: The Theban Cycle. Oedipus and the pharmakos. Pollution and sacredness. Lévi-Strauss and his ‘peddler’s choice’.
Wednesday, November 21
Assignments: Lévi-Strauss, ‘The Structural Study of Myth’, in Structural Anthropology 296-219.
Friday, November 23
Week 13 Monday, November 26
Topics: ‘Autochthony and other charter myths. The Political Theseus. Theseus, Minos, and the Minotaur. The Minotaur’s revenge.
Assignments: Connor, ‘Theseus in Classical Athens’, in A. Ward et al. (edd.) , The Quest for Theseus, 143-74. Euripides, Hippolytos. Segal, ‘Pentheus and Hippolytus on the Couch and on the Grid’, in CW 72 (1978), 129-48.
FIRST DRAFT OF SECOND PAPER DUEWednesday, November 28
Topics: The Argonauts and Medea. The ultimate bad mother.
Assignments: Euripides, Medea.
Friday, November 30
Topics for the next three classes: Myth and cult of Heracles, hero, benefactor, civilizer, madman, and god. Heracles in Homer, Hesiod and beyond. The political uses of the Heracles myth. The Indo-European hero pattern.Assignments: Euripides, Alcestis. Burkert GR IV 5.5.1, pp. 108-211
Monday, December 3
Assignments: Sophocles, Women of Trachis.
Wednesday, December 5
Assignments: Euripides, Heracles
Topics: Back to the heroes of the Iliad (and the Odyssey). A retrospective look at Achilles, Hector and Odysseus. Modern definitions of ‘hero’.
Friday, December 7
Assignments: Sophocles, Ajax.