CLA204 H1F. Introduction to Classical Mythology
University of Toronto • Fall 2012
Instructor: Professor Jarrett Welsh ([email protected]
Office telephone: 416-946-0038
Office: Lillian Massey Building (125 Queen’s Park), Room 211
Office hours: directly after class on Thursdays; and by appointment
Course meeting time: Thursdays, 6–9pm
and place: Northrop Frye Hall, Room 003
This course surveys some of the primary myths and legends of the Greeks and Romans. We
examine first myths about the gods before turning to the major legends of the Greek cities;
finally we conclude with a look at Roman versions of mythology and legend. We will look at
the cultural and historical background of myth, as well as the various means of transmitting
myth. There will be an emphasis on the representation of myth in classical literature and art.
We will examine issues such as the meaning and value of myth to ancient societies, the
difference between myth and religion, and the changing nature of myth.
TEXTBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS (on order at the UofT Bookstore, 214 College St.):
Morford, M. P. O., R. J. Lenardon, and M. Sham.Classical Mythology. Ninth edition. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2010. (ISBN-13: 978-0195397703)
A companion website has been set up by the authors of our textbook andincludes valuable
materials to aid you in your study of mythology.Visit:http://www.classicalmythology.org
Important course materials, including images, reading assignments, and important terms, will
be posted regularly to this course’s Blackboard site, which can be accessed by logging in with
your UTORid and password at http://portal.utoronto.ca.
Term Test #1 25%
Term Test #2 25%
Final Examination (threehours), scheduled by
the Faculty Registrar during the December Examination Period 50%
1 Course Policies
1. Auditing: Auditors are not permitted to attend classes offered by the Faculty of Arts &
Science without the express permission of the instructor. Owing to the size of this course and
of the room where we meet, and to the fact that the Faculty maintains a wait-list of students
who wish to enrol, the instructor cannot out of fairness permit auditors.
2. E-mail: The instructor strives to answer all e-mails promptly. Due to other obligations he is
sometimes not at the computer or not able to provide an immediate response. You can expect
a response, as necessary, to e-mails within 48 hours, and usually within 24 hours. However, e-
mail is not appropriate for emergency or last-minute communication.
In particular, note that the instructor can only respond to e-mails about this course that
are sent from an official University of Toronto e-mail account. Furthermore, the university’s
spam filters often target messages sent from, e.g., Yahoo and even Gmail accounts, and there is
no guarantee that the instructor will receive a message unless it is sent from a University of
Toronto e-mail account. Therefore, do not use any but your official university e-mail account.
You are required, by university policy, to check your University of Toronto e-mail account
at least once every 24 hours. No accommodations will be made for students who fail to do so
and accordingly miss important communications.
3. Office hours: The instructor is available directly after class for brief and specific
consultations, and by appointment (contact by e-mail, indicating a range of available times) for
more involved questions. Neither the instructor nor the teaching assistants will give private
tutoring or instruction in office hours, nor can they presentmaterial covered in class.
4. Members of the class who choose to rely on the required textbook alone, and who therefore
fail to attend class regularly, do so at their own risk. Lectures will attempt to aid in organizing
and understanding the material presented in the textbook. In addition, material notin the
textbook will be introduced in lectures, and will appear on the term tests and final exam.
Answers that do not show adequate evidence of familiarity with material from lectures, where
appropriate, will be penalized. Conversely, students are expected to complete the required
reading before each class. All material presented in the textbook cannot also be presented in
lecture; students who choose not to complete the required readings do so at their own risk.
5. Policy on missed tests.Make-up tests are not given. If a student misses a test for one of the
acceptable reasons outlined in the next paragraph, and if appropriate documentation is
provided to the instructor as specified, then theweight of the test in question will be
transferred to the Final Examination. For the Faculty of Arts & Science policy in these
circumstances, which applies in all its particulars, seeCalendar pp. 627–628. For students who
miss a test for non-acceptable reasons or who fail to provide appropriate documentation, no
accommodation will be made, an