Courses: Interpreting Mythology (CSTSB375001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 1196
The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. The student should gain a more profound understanding of the meaning of these myths to the Greeks themselves, of the cultural context in which they were formulated. At the same time, this course should provide the student with some familiarity with the range of interpretations and strategies of understanding that people of various cultures and times have applied to the Greek myths during the more than two millennia in which they have been preserved. Preference to upperclassmen, previous coursework in myth required.
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1196 Div: III; HU


Classical Studies (Web site)

Taught By



Bryn Mawr, CARP13

Meeting Times

MW 2:30pm-4:00pm