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- Discuss, The Epic of Gilgamesh.
- Read and analyze the Greek epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey.
- Understand the plot in the myth, Jason and the Argonauts.
- Learn about Greek myth and religion.
- Provide examples of literature that have used the Bible as an influence.
1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.
2. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
4. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts
This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'
5. The Aeneid by Virgil
This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.
6. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
7. The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion
In this lesson, we'll consider the ways that many writers were influenced by various aspects of the Bible, both in the past and the present. We'll look at the way the Bible influences the stories and languages of writers and some allusions that authors make to the Bible.
8. Caedmon's Hymn: Summary & Themes
'Caedmon's Hymn' is one of the three earliest remaining poems in Old English. In fact, Caedmon is considered to be the first English poet. In this lesson, we will not only look into Caedmon's life and extraordinary life story, but interpret the hymn, as well.
9. Sylph: Definition & Overview
Learn about sylphs - the mythological beings of air that originated at the hand of Paracelsus - through a comprehensive definition and lesson. Then, examine your growing knowledge with a quiz.
10. Unferth's Challenge in Beowulf
Beowulf embodies the characteristics of the perfect hero. He is brave, strong and intelligent. That kind of perfection can lead to jealousy in some. Read about Unferth's challenge to Beowulf and how not everyone loves a hero.
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