C C 303 Lecture 1: 1/18 Lecture

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1/18/17 Worksheet: What is Classical Mythology?
I. Key Terms
Mythos
Mythology
Classics
Myth/Legend/Folktale
II. Multiple Choice Questions
1. A story of gods set in a different world in the remote past which is told for ritual and/or
religious purposes is sometimes called.
a) True Myth/ Myth Proper
b) Legend
c) Folktale
2. According to convention, legends are primarily concerned with which of the following?
a) Heroes
b) Everyday people
c) Talking animals
d) Gods
3. Which of the following is TRUE of the common definition for folktales?
a) Folktales are primarily concerned with gods
b) Folktales have a perceptible relationship to history
c) Folktales must incorporate religious elements
d) Folktales primary functions are to entertain and/or provide
moral instruction
4. True or False, the vast majority of classical mythology are stories from the ancient Greek
world.
5. True or False, the word mythos strictly meant “false” in ancient Greek.
6. Which of the following is TRUE of the adjective classical?
a) When discussing time, the term classical is applied to the periods
considered the zeniths of Greek or Roman literature and culture.
b) Broadly speaking the adjective is used for the ancient Greek and
Roman world
c) The adjective classical is derived from the Latin word classicus,
which described something that belongs to a category, group, or class
of things.
d) All the above
III. Short Answers
1. What does the Greek word mythos mean?
“Tale” or “story”
2. What is classical mythology?
The formal study of myths in a culture (mainly Greek)
3. What is the provisional definition of a myth used in this class (see Buxton p. 18)?
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