GreekMyths

14 yrs and up, $175 - Prerequisite: One other Intermediate level course.

“Over the wine-dark sea wended the terrible fleet of a thousand ships, on the inconstant ocean dancing….” In the world’s youth, Greek bards came up the world’s first fully-developed epic fantasy, full of unforgettable characters. Laugh at the hilarious story of Hermes who became a thief on the very day he was born! Soar over the bold Odysseus’s ship as he navigates hydras, enchantresses, and the perils of a treacherous sea – will he ever come home to reclaim his rightful kingdom? Will Aeneas survive to found the geat dynasty from which Rome will spring?  Brimming with cunning warriors, clever maidens, heartbreak and heroism, the Greek mythos is not to be missed!

This course is designed to build students up in familiarity and comfort with the cast of mortals and immortals that people the pages of these tales. Students will grow in confidence as they progress from modern-day retellings of myth to the original ancient writing. Socratic discussion allows them to mine the truths that lie in these tales, build up their critical thinking, and grow in communication skills.

To Buy:

  • The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
  • The Odyssey by Homer (students are required to use either the translation by Robert Fagles [very vivid and concrete] or by Robert Fitzgerald [also very vivid, a little more lyrical.])

Week 1: new work, soon to be announced

Week 2: new work, soon to be announced

Week 3: The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
(From the beginning of the book to the end of Part II, Chapter 5, “The Time of Discouragement.”)

Week 4: The Trojan War
(From Part III, Chapter 1, “The Quarrel,” to the end of Part IV Chapter 2, “The Last Fight of Achilles.”)

Week 5: The Trojan War
(From Part IV, Chapter 3, “The Armor of Achilles” to the end of Part VI, Chapter 2, “The Adventures of Menelaus.”)

Week 6: The Odyssey by Homer - Books 1, 2, 3, and 4

Week 7: The Odyssey - Books  5, 6,  7, and 9 (we are skipping Book 8.)

Week 8: The Odyssey - Books 10, 11, 12, and 13

Week 9: The Odyssey - Books 14, 15, 16, and 17

Week 10: The Odyssey - Books 18, 19, 20, and 21

Week 11: The Odyssey - Books 22, 23, and 24

Week 12: The Aeneid Retold by Alfred J. Church
(From the beginning of the book to the end of the chapter “Dido.”)

Week 13: The Aeneid Retold
(From the chapter “The Funeral Games of Anchises” to the end of the chapter “The Arms of Aeneas.”)

Week 14: The Aeneid Retold
(From the chapter “Nisus and Euryalus” to the end of the book.)