ARTH 201. Classical Myth in Art and Literature
Although pagan worship officially ended under the Roman Empire in the 4th century AD, classical mythology remains an important part of cultural literacy in the West, its popularity sustained by art, literature, and film. The course, comprising lectures accompanied by occasional slide presentations, will give an introduction to the principal myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans and to their heroes and pantheons. Selections from classical sources such as Hesiod, Euripides, and Ovid will be read (in translation), and stylistic developments in ancient art will be emphasized, along with the analysis of mythological subjects in art.