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Department
Classics
Course
CLT 3370
Professor
Timothy Stover
Semester
Fall

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Sources for Classical Mythology 1. Nature of literary sources for classical mythology a. Very eclectic b. Texts span many time periods from around 800 BC-AD 200+ c. Texts span many geographical locations, sprouting different variations d. Myths found in many different literary genres, like the heroic epic, didactic epic, tragedy, religious hymns, love poetry, mythological handbooks e. Greco-roman mythology spans two very different ancient cultures, the Greeks and Romans i. Cultural distinctions f. Homer (ca. 800 BC) i. Iliad and Odyssey 1. Both deal with international events ii. Heroic epic poetry g. Hesiod (ca. 700 BC) i. Theogony and Works and Days ii. Didactic epic/wisdom literature 1. Didaxis = ‘teaching’ h. The Homeric Hymns (ca. 700 BC – 300 BC) i. 33 in all ii. NOT written by Homer, but by various anonymous authors
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