Classical Myths and Contemporary Art

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L. Maurizio

Course Long Title

Classical Myths and Contemporary Art


Movies, comic books, sculpture, painting, poems, and graffiti are some of the ways that modern societies share stories to discuss important cultural values. Not surprisingly, modern artists often invoke ancient myths, which once served a similar function. In this course, students explore the ways in which myths give members of a society, whether ancient or modern, meaningful tools to describe and explore issues, values, and conflicts. Students study ancient myths about figures such as Medea, Pygmalion, Hermaphroditus, Actaeon, and Persephone. They then collect and consider their modern versions in different media.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

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Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors