Course Descriptions - Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: Ancient Mythology I RELS 1201   Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: Ancient Mythology I
An introductory survey of the traditional religious narratives of ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Of special interest: the function of myth in shaping and expressing a culture's understanding of the divine, the institutions of human community (religion, the family, government), and the natural world; the interrelationships of the myths of those civilizations; the reception of those traditions in the origins of Christian and Islamic culture. The traditional narratives and their broader cultural contexts will be approached through study of primary sources including epic, tragic, and didactic poetry, hymnography, historiography, philosophy, the visual arts, and architecture. This course fulfills the first year writing requirement.
NOTES: This course is the first part of the former full-year course RELS 1200X/Y.06. This course description reflects the entirety of the pair (RELS 1201.03 and RELS 1202.03).
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: Meets Writing Requirement. Lecture
CROSS-LISTING: CLAS 1100X/Y.06, CLAS 1103.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 2100X/Y.06, CLAS 2103.03, CLAS 2104.03, RELS 1200X/Y.06