Beyond Percy Jackson: The Greek and Roman Myths that Inspired the Novels

Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 26 2017 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:mythology greek roman

Each week we will discuss a different aspect of Greek or Roman life, history and myth. The assigned reading for each week is to prepare for the following week’s discussion. For example, Week 1’s reading is to be completed by Week 2. Most weeks the assigned reading will be from the D’Aulaires’ text, and I will include additional source material reading that is optional.

At the end of the course, each student will present a retelling of a myth of his or her choice. The method of retelling the myth is open and up to them, and can include such approaches as:

Art piece
Interpretive dance
Dramatic retelling
Lego construction
Minecraft storytelling

Over the last two sessions of class, each student will have 10-12 minutes to share their creation with the class, including why they chose that particular myth and how they see the story as still relevant in modern life.

GHFOInstructor: Dori Koehler, PhD

5-10 students, 8 years and older

Time: Thursdays 10:15-11:15 am Pacific.

Weekly. Jan 23 - May 9, 2017. Spring Break TBD by instructor.

Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a $15 discount off of each class they sign up for)

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Week 1: Introduction; Myth as Metaphor

Week 2: The Greek Origin Story

Week 3: The Greek Pantheon: Gods

Week 4: The Greek Pantheon: Goddesses

Week 5: The Greek Pantheon: Minor Gods

Week 6: Heroes and Monsters: Orpheus, Perseus, Theseus

Week 7: Heroes and Monsters: Heracles, Oedipus, Jason

Week 8: Heroes and Clever Kings: Midas, Daedalus/Icarus, Sisyphus, Bellerophon

Week 8: The Iliad: War and the Greeks

Week 9: The Odyssey: Odysseus and his Adventures

Week 10: Greek Women’s Stories: Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and Penelope

Week 11: Roman Myth: The Aeneid

Week 12:  Roman Myth: Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Week 13: Soul Becomes Immortal: Apuleius’ Cupid and Psyche

Week 14: Class Presentations

Week 15: Class Presentations

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