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Barbour Course Descriptions


Tales of the ancient Greek and Roman deities, epic heroes/heroines and their monstrous adversaries speak to our primal concerns about the origins and destinies of human beings, the nature of the world, and the mysteries of the spiritual realm. This course will trace the mythic genealogy of the first beings, the Titans, the Olympians, and heroic humans, examining their domains, conflicts, journeys, and amorous encounters. We will study the myths in their primary ancient sources, which include some of the most significant and influential works in the “Western” literary tradition, and relate them to narratives important in our culture today. Interrogating the human uses of story-telling and other muse-inspired arts, we will also examine the representation of the myths in painting, sculpture, and music.

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Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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