LJBcB07 Classical Mythology: Gods

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Simone Sumelidu (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
LJBcB07/01: Thu 12:00–13:40 C33, I. Radová
LJBcB07/02: Thu 10:00–11:40 C33, S. Sumelidu
There are no specific requirements for enrolling in this course.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 425 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 217/425, only registered: 1/425, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/425
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course provides a comprehensive overview of Greek and Roman mythology. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the impact of ancient mythology on visual arts and literature, as well. The course is supported by an electronic version of the course. At the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the system of classical mythology and relevant secondary literature in order to find basic information about any ancient mythological character. Moreover, students will also be able to interpret the characters inspired by antiquity in the modern visual arts.
  • 1. Introduction, Greek cosmogonies;
  • 2.-5. Olympian gods (Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaistus, Aphrodite, Eros, Hermes, Ares, Hestia);
  • 6. Lower gods and the gods of fate (Themis, Horae, Muses, Charites, Hebe, Moirae, Ate, Nemesis, Tyche, Nice);
  • 7. The gods of the celestial phenomena (Helius, Selene, Eos, Iris, Hyades, Pleiades);
  • 8. The gods of the sea (Poseidon, Amphitrite, Pontus, Oceanus, Atlas, Ino, Triton, Proteus, Glaucus);
  • 9.-10. The earthly deities (Gaia, nymphs, Rheia, Cybele, Dionysus, Satyrs, Silenus, Pan, Priapus, Demeter, Centaurs).
  • 11.-12. The underworld deities (classical notions of the underworld, Hades, Persephone, Hypnus, Thanatus, Hecate, Erinyes, Keres);
  • 13. Roman mythology and relligion (Ianus, Saturnus, Lares, Penates, Genii, Vertumnus, Pomona, Flora, Bona Dea, Terminus, Pales).
  • BRISSON, Luc. How philosophers saved myths : allegorical interpretation and classical mythology. Translated by Catherine Tihanyi. Pbk. ed. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2008. xiv, 206. ISBN 0226075354. info
  • GRANT, Michael and John HAZEL. Who's who in classical mythology. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2002. x, 367. ISBN 0415260418. info
  • KERÉNYI, Karl and Carl Gustav JUNG. Věda o mytologii. Vyd. 1. V Brně: Nakladatelství Tomáše Janečka, 1995. 229 s. ISBN 80-85880-06-7. info
  • REID, Jane Davidson. The Oxford guide to classical mythology in the arts, 1300-1990s. Edited by Chris Rohmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. xxiii ;. ISBN 0195049985. info
  • BOUZEK, Jan and Iva ONDŘEJOVÁ. Periklovo Řecko [3-2913]. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1989. ISBN 80-204-02083-4. info
  • MORFORD, Mark P. O. and Robert J. LENARDON. Classical mythology. 3rd ed. New York: Longman, 1985. xvi, 576. ISBN 0582285410. info
  • Classical mythology in twentieth-century thought and literature. Edited by Wendell M. Aycock - Theodore M. Klein. Lubbock: Texas Tech Press, 1980. ISBN 0-89672-079-9. info
  • SVOBODA, Ludvík. Encyklopedie antiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1973. 741 s. info
  • HOŠEK, Radislav. Země bohů a lidí : pohledy do řeckého dávnověku. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1972. 290 s., [5. info
  • BURIAN, Jan [historik]. Řím : světla a stíny antického velkoměsta. Praha: Svoboda, 1970. info
  • GROH, František and Leo František SASKA. Mythologie Řeků a Římanů. Edited by Jaromíra Rybková. 9. vyd. V Praze: Nakladatelství I. L. Kober, 1948. 267 s. : i. info
  • SMITH, William. A classical dictionary of Greek and Roman biography, mythology and geography. Edited by Marindin. G. E. London: John Murray, 1919. vi, 1018 s. info
Teaching methods
One 2 hour lecture per week.
Assessment methods
Requirements for credit: passing a written test consisting of 22 multiple-choice questions, minimum pass level 60%.
Language of instruction
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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