"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 #24

Watch Odyssey 1997 Movie to minute 34, the beginning of the Polyphemus scene.

HW #23

Please complete the Odyssey section reading in Hamilton and complete table.
  • Odyssey Characters

    HW #22

    Read the Fall of Troy section 201-ff and fill in the outline! Pay attention to the 90 million names!

    HW #21

    Read pages 185-200 in Hamilton and complete outline.

    HW #20

    Select topic for Museum Exhibit.

    HW #19

    Finish the section and study guide. There will be a quiz and I will collect the guides for HW credit.

    HW #18

    Complete the Theseus section and study guide. There will be a 20 point quiz and I will collect the guides for HW credit. This is NOT an open note quiz!

    HW #17

    Read pages 146-154 (Perseus Story) and complete the study guide. There will be a reading quiz and I will collect the guide. Quiz won't be open notes...
  • Perseus Study Guide

    HW #16

    Finish the play and be ready for a reading quiz! Not open notes.
  • Online Medea

    HW #15

    Please finish your Riff Off if you did not in class. You can create a Google doc to work with your partners. We will present first thing after break!

    Also, please complete the first three encounters review in Five Encounters packet. If we didn't read it in class, please read the scene with Aegeus up to top of page 25 (his exit). There may be an open note review quiz using this packet only.

  • Online Medea

    HW #14

    Finish the First Impressions h/o based on first seven pages of play. If you were absent, materials are in the door folder. Here's an online version.
  • Online Medea (read to where Medea enters stage.) Zac, Xeno, JP, Caitlin, Eileen....

    HW #13

    Visualizing Jason's Adventures (24 points) -- finish for HW if you not during class.

    HW #12

    Finish reading the Quest for the Golden Fleece chapter (pages 121-133) but do not read beyond the middle of page 133. That will be a spoiler to the nect play we are reading, Medea.
  • Jason and Golden Fleece Worksheet

    HW #11

    Finish the play! There will be a quiz so read carefully!

    HW #10

    Read and review the play, The Bacchae, to the bottom of page 230 (line 840). There will be a quiz on the play up to this point.
  • Myth 1: if you did not yet complete HW #9, please also do that by Monday.

    HW #9

    Watch the video on Ancient Greek Theater and take notes in/on the study packet I gave you. You will be responsible for this material for the Unit Quiz when we finish The Bacchae. Please come to class with any questions you have on the material.
  • < href="">AN INtroduction to Greek Theater

    HW #8

    Read the Cybele and Attis handout and create a separate study guide.

    HW #7

    Finish the Orpheus and Eurydice animations. Then start thinking about your own understanding of this place called Hades. Come up with a topic for Hades Project (50 points). You will have one class period to work on it in class.
  • PDSLMC is the username and password for using media center when off campus.

    HW #6

    Please complete the GREEN GUIDE (Water and Lesser Gods) using the Hamilton book.

    HW #5

    Using Hamilton's index, find other stories where your god or goddess appears. Also, print out some art or imagery that would work well on your Facebook page. You will have time to work on the project in class before presenting the following class period.aitlin, please pick one of the following:
  • Also, start studying for the Unit Test! Caitlin: choose one of these gods: Epimetheus, Rhea, Ouranos, Hestia, or Prometheus.

    HW #4

    Complete the Who's Who on Mt. Olympus handout. Leave Demeter and Dionysus sections blank.
  • Who's Who on Mt. Olympus

    HW #3

    Review the Types of Creation Myth h/o. Go to (or youtube the region and "big myth" if their site doesn't load) and watch TWO myths we have not yet read/seen. On a piece of loose-leaf to hand in for HW credit, cite the region and type of creation myth it is (or which elements appear) and answer the following questions for each. 1 Is there a Culture or Rule Map? Explain for each. 2. What (beyond the basic obvious elements) has been created? How does this myth differ from the Chinese/Genesis and Egyptian myths? 3. What is man's relationship to the gods in this story? Explain.

    HW #2

    Please read the Egyptian Creation story about Osiris and Isis (handout). Create a study guide (who's who, what's what) on a separate sheet of paper. You will be able to use your HANDWRITTEN notes for the quiz but not the text. Also, finish reading Chpt 3 in the Crumb illustrated Genesis. [There will be an extra credit question on the Egyptian quiz on this part :)]

    HW #1

    Read & annotate/highlight the Chinese Myth. Make a study guide for yourself. There will be a reading quiz.

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    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
  • Funky Animated Orpheus
  • Orpheus and Eurydice Animation Youtube
  • Student Made 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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