"Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated." -- Thomas Bullfinch

“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.” --Joseph Campbell


HW #21

Read the Cupid and Psyche Myth (pages 95-104) in Hamilton and be ready for a reading quiz.

Supplemental Stuff for Fun:

  • Cupid and Psyche Online Version
  • Mythic Warriors Eros and Psyche

    HW #20

    Read the different lover stories and complete the HW study guide.
  • Love HW Please complete! The page numbers are on the guide. Leave Cupid and Psyche blank for now.

    HW #19

    Read The Adventures of Odysseus chapter (pages 211-229) and complete the study guide.
  • Odyssey Guide

    HW #18

    Read from Cassandra's exit from stage (from Cassandra's exit in the online version or the bottom of 263 in the Xerox copy) to Andromache's exit (page 275 in packet or just find in online text) and be prepared for a reading quiz: The Trojan Women

    HW #17

    Read and complete Trojan War section 185-200 and complete side 1 of the outline.

    HW #16

    Read the Hercules story slowly and carefully, adding lots of details to the study guide.

    HW #15

    Read the Theseus story (155-165) and fill out guide. There will be a Theseus quiz.

    HW #14

    Read the Perseus story and fill out the table guide. Jump around and add details!

    HW #13

    Read through page 25 when Aegeus goes out. There will be a reading quiz.

    HW #12

    Complete the Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece worksheet. Do not read beyond page 13_.

    What's On the Eschatology Unit Test?

  • Lesser Gods (pink packet)
  • Phaeton and Helios
  • Bellerophon and Pegasus
  • Water Gods (gold paper)
  • Earth Gods (blue packet ***NOT the Roman gods on last page)
  • Vocabulary Derivatives on Earth Gods and Lesser Gods
  • Demeter/Persephone/Hades story + Dionysus backgroun (chpt 2)
  • Eleusinian Mysteries
  • Venus/Persephone/Adonis
  • Cybele and Attis myth and rituals
  • The Great Goddesses
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Hades parts
  • Vocabulary from the Underworld

    Format: multiple choice, matching, T/F. If you are absent, you will have NO MORE than three days to make it up, so please do not be absent.

    HW #11 (25 points)

    Write a 25+ line poem (any type! Found, Rhyming, Sonnet, Ballad, etc.) OR a one page, SINGLE SPACED first person point of view of Hades inspired by our eschatological unit.* Incorporate the characters and places you have learned about. See the Margaret Atwood poems for inspiration. Please print for class to show/tell and submit to turnitin where I will grade. CLASS ID: 14875997 and password is gokturk.

    Guidelines/ideas for a narrative rather than poem: To Hades and Back. Select a famous person or imagine a strong voice. Please write a first person account of “your” descent to Hades, through Hades and your return. The narrator could be you, a fictional human, or any likely character we’ve met so far (especially from the Underworld). It is especially amusing to use a famous person.Use the details of the Hades landscape. Try to reveal as many of the details as possible. Use the present tense or the past tense. Whichever you choose, please be consistent. Dialogue is nice but not required. Use sensory description so we feel, see, smell, and hear what it’s like in Hades. Organize into paragraphs. Your goal is to create a dominant impression based on your interpretation of the Underworld.

    I know it sounds odd, but I like the format: single spaced, landscaped, two columns

    *If you are a singer, you can record a song instead. If you are an artist, you can create a work of art instead, but also include an explanation describing what you did and how.

    HW #10

    Read Orpheus and Eurydice story (107-110) and there will be a reading quiz (no notes).

    HW #9

    Read the Cybele and Attis handout and take notes separately. There will be an open note quiz.

    HW #8

    Read "The Two Great Gods of Earth" (pages 48-the top of 59: stop at "Dionysus came to Thebes to establish...") and expect a reading quiz. Five questions.

    HW #7

    Complete the Roman Gods in blue sheets and the Phaeton/Bellerophon sheets. If youwere absent, we covered quite a bit of material; handouts in the door.

    HW #6

    Complete Lesser Gods Guide (pink sheet) pages 36-38.I will collect this.
  • Who's Who Beyond Mt. Olympus This document has ALL the handouts, so you need to scroll to the appropriate pages.

    HW #5

    You should be reviewing for the Creation Myths & Gods Unit Test [see calendar for date]: Five Creation Types, Definitions (etiological, eschatological, hieros gamos, secretion, succession, xenia, etc), Genesis, Lilith, Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Olympians.

    For your god/goddess assigned for the FACEBOOK assignment (which we will complete in class), read up more on him/her in the Hamilton book and you can print pictures for the profile and cover page. Look up artwork, perhaps.

    ABSENT STUDENTS: Julia: you are Rhea; Henry: you are Persephone; Sophie: you are Demeter; Sasha: you are Ouranos.

    HW #4

    Read pages 24-36 and complete Who's Who on Mt. Olympus.

    HW #3

    Read pages 65-70 in Edith Hamilton's Mythology and complete the study guide I gave you in class. Provide a brief description, Roman name and domain for each: type of creation, family tree, Gaea, Ouranos, Fifty-Headed, 100 Handed Monster, Cyclops, Titans, Cronus, Erinyes (Furies), Rhea, Zeus , Ocean, Tethys ,Atlas, Prometheus, Typhon, Tartarus
  • Who's Who Beyond Mt. Olympus This document has ALL the handouts, so you need to scroll to the appropriate pages.

    HW #2

    Read and create a study guide for the Chinese Creation myth. There will be a reading quiz on the material. Not open note.

    HW #1

    Read & annotate/highlight the Egyptian Myth. On loose-leaf to hand in, 1. create a study guide of who's who and what.2. Also, separately, list what truths you learn about the culture through this myth. Take really good notes JUST IN CASE there is an open note (not open book) pop quiz. Just in case...

    MYTH 1: REMIND101: Send a text to 81010 with the message @msgokturk

    MYTH 2: REMIND 101: Send a text to 81010 with the message @myth2

    Also, as there will be a lot of handouts given, secure a good folder or binder/hole punch. You will need a compact/slim notebook for notes. I can give you a marble comp book.


    Course Basics

  • Mythology Course Description
  • About Absences
  • How Did We Get Here?
  • English Regents Archived Exams
  • Study Guide for Literature
  • Character Study Portfolio
  • Final Project Options

    Greek Mythology Basics

  • Who's Who on Mt. Olympus
  • Act Out Like an Olympian Group Work
  • ID the Lesser Gods
  • Who's Who Beyond Mt. Olympus
  • Olympian Gods (male) (7 mins)
  • Gods and Goddesses of Mt. Olympus (54 mins
  • Modern Pantheon Banner
  • Vocabulary Derivatives on Earth Gods and Lesser Gods (from
  • Greek Mythology is Alive and Well
  • Greek Gods Family Tree (Simplified)
  • Greek Gods Family Tree (Detailed)
  • Encyclopedia of Greek Gods
  • Apollo and His Oracle

    Cosmology Unit

    Creation Stories

  • The Big Myth Page
  • Creation Myth Worksheet I (Genesis and Theogony)
  • Observations about Creation Stories
  • Genesis
  • Greek Creation Story (Theogony)
  • Write Your Own Creation Myth Assignment
  • Big Myth Assignment
  • Chinese Creation Story (from Big; please note that the name spellings are different from the handout. Study the handout spellings.)
  • Egpytian Creation Myth (from; please note that the Isis-Osiris part of the story is not represented in this animation; study the handout and notes.)
  • Creation Myth Comic Assignment
  • Creation Myth Comic Checklist
  • Guidelines for the Creation Myth Poster
  • Peer Grading the Poster
  • Creation Myth Animation Presentation
  • Various Family Trees
  • Egyptian Family Tree
  • Babylonian Family Tree
  • Greek Gods Family Tree

    Eschatological Unit

  • The Great Goddesses
  • Xenia
  • Who's Who Beyond Mt. Olympus [Underworld Section]
  • Vocabulary from the Underworld
  • Lecture on Eleusinian Mysteries
  • Lectures on Mysteries
  • Demeter and Persephone )
  • Hades (44 mins)

    Orpheus and Eurydice

  • Neil Gaiman's Orpheus Graphic Novel Questions
  • Animation of Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Orpheus and Eurydice Animation Youtube
  • Student Made Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Re-telling of Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Orpheus and Eurydice Vase Painting Animation
  • Hiroyuki's Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Orpheus and Eurydice Animated Documentary (low budget)
  • Cult of Mythras

    The Greek Tragedies

  • Ancient Greek Theater

    The Trojan Women

  • Online Trojan Women Text
  • Trojan Women Film

    Prometheus Bound

  • Online Plays: Prometheus Bound
  • Prometheus Bound MIT online

    The Bacchae

  • Dionysus' Family Tree
  • Online Plays: The Bacchae
  • Deadly Bacchae Dance
  • Behind the Scenes Bacchae
  • The Bacchae "Trailer" Theater to Music
  • Bacchae Clip


  • Medea (online text)
  • First Impressions of Medea
  • Jason and Medea Reading Questions
  • Medea Discussion Questions
  • Multi-Genre Essay: Love in Medea and Till We Have Faces In-Class Essay Assignment
  • Peer Editing for Literary Analysis

    Etiology Unit

  • Etiological Myth In-Class Assignment
  • Echo & Narcissus
  • Hyacynth
  • Adonis
  • Midas
  • Phaeton
  • Ceyx & Alcyone
  • Pyramus & Thisbe
  • What Kind of Love Is It?

    Constellations, Planets, & Zodiac

  • Astronomy
  • Planets & How They Got Their Names
  • Nine Planets Tour
  • Mythology & Astrology

    Heroes Unit

  • Hero Monomyth Video
  • What Makes a Hero? (TED-ED) Monomyth Pattern
  • Campbell and Hero's Journey
  • Jason 1963 Film Worksheet
  • Jason Fights the Skeletons
  • Perseus Study Guide
  • Perseus and Medusa
  • Perseus Kills Medusa (Clash of the Titans 2010)
  • Theseus Table
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Theseus and the Minotaur Story
  • Theseus 15 minutes
  • Theseus Documentary UNC Part I
  • Theseus Documentary UNC Part II
  • Theseus Part III
  • Hercules
  • Hero Propaganda Assignment
  • Illustrating Hero Assignment
  • Odyssey Characters
  • The Odyssey Clips
  • Who's Who in the Trojan War
  • Trojan Horse from Troy
  • Trojan Horse: The Chaser
  • BBC Truth About Troy
  • Troy: Battle Between Achilles and Hector
  • Mythic Warriors: Odysseus and the Trojan Horse
  • The Hero's Journey Summary of Steps
  • The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell's Monomyth
  • Perseus and Medusa

    Fairy Tale Unit

  • Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
  • Surlalune Fairy Tales
  • Comparing Tales Chart
  • Fairy Tale Study Chart
  • Folklore & Fairy Tale Elements
  • Rumpelstilkskin (Grimm)
  • The Maiden Without Hands
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Hop O' My Thumb
  • Donkeyskin
  • Little match Girl
  • Perrault's Cinderella
  • Grimm's Cinderella
  • Cinderella Group Work Assignment
  • Charles Perrault's "Hop o' My Thumb"
  • Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel"
  • Grimm's Little Red Riding Hood
  • Little Red Riding Hood Versions
  • Little Red Riding Comparative Chart
  • Analysis of the four Little Red versions
  • Little Red Riding Hood Reading Handout
  • Little Golden Book Little Red Riding Hood
  • Fairy Tale Project

    Modern Interpretations

    Till We Have faces

  • Till We Have Faces Reading Schedule
  • Illustrating Characters in Till We Have Faces Assignment >)
  • Multi-Genre Essay: Love in Medea and Till We Have Faces In-Class Essay Assignment

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