My interest was aroused by visiting museums in France where interpretations of classic myths appear throughout the artwork of many old masters. Another obvious reason is that mythology encompasses so many subjects that it gratifies my curiosity and eclecticism.
All the details of human nature and the human condition are enclosed in its stories, it gives artists the opportunity to explore a large field of subjects while at the same time enabling them to keep their focus on a unique body of work. This inspiration led me to read extensively about Greek mythology and antiquity, and I have the wonderful feeling that I will continue learning about it for a very long time.
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Retold Classic Myths, Volume 1
We will cover major myths including myths of creation, myths of nature and the stars, the Trojan war myths, the story of the house of Oedipus, the exploits of Hercules and Theseus, the career of Aeneas, and the myths of the early Roman kings and the various media that record them including ancient literature in translation and visual representations. This serves as an excellent introduction to ancient Mediterranean culture and society: through the myths we can learn more about ancient religion, politics and art.
We will also discuss post-ancient responses to the classical myths, from medieval revulsion to modern poetry to spectacular Hollywood renditions. No previous experience of classical studies is necessary.