About this course
This overview of Greco-Roman mythology will examine the heroic myths using the ancient Greek writer Apollodorus as a guide, with treatments by Ovid, Virgil, and Hyginus for Roman perspectives. All readings will be in translation. We will study Creation and the Flood, the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, Hercules, and Theseus, the Trojan War and its aftermath, as well as some popular lesser tales, and conclude with a look at changing concepts of heroism in the later period, as seen in the tale of Cupid and Psyche told by Apuleius. Some attention will be given to medieval and modern treatments of the Classical myths, with a nod to notable motion picture adaptations.
What is Telepaideia?
Telepaideia is a broad collection of online courses, offered by the Paideia Institute in 10-week semesters three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). These live classes are each designed and led by a dedicated teacher from the Paideia community and are taught in small groups of approximately five or fewer. Students can select and directly enroll in Telepaideia courses on a wide range of topics related to Latin, Greek, and the Classical humanities, according to both their personal interests and previous learning experiences. Course offerings change from semester to semester, but generally include language classes (at various levels and intensities), reading classes, and classes dedicated to intellectual history and Classical reception.
What to expect from this course
Our online Telepaideia courses meet synchronously in small groups of no more than five students to promote an engaged, supportive learning environment. Our instructors are based all over the world, but class times are typically scheduled outside of working hours in the Eastern Time zone. Scheduling accommodations can be made at the instructor's discretion.