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Post  Antithesisx on Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:45 am

I figured you guys would be interested in this. A course on Roman and Greek mythology has just started on Coursera. I think it's the most informative to just paste the syllabus:

Week 1: Homer, epic poetry, and Trojan legends
Week 2: Heroes and suffering
Week 3: This World and other ones
Week 4: Identity and signs
Week 5: Gods and humans
Week 6: Religion and ritual
Week 7: Justice
Week 8: Unstable selves
Week 9: Writing myth in history
Week 10: From myths to mythology

It's quite an intensive course. You'll be reading the Odyssey, Theogony, Oedipus the King, and Metamorphoses, among others. It's offered by the University of Pennsylvania. If you pass it, you'll get a statement of accomplishment, so you can put that on your CV. Oh, and it's completely free. You can find the course at coursera.org/course/mythology .

It's already started, though. I should've shared this earlier, but I forgot. Anyway, you have to be quick, as the deadline for the first quiz is tomorrow at 9.00 P.M. (There was no reading assignment for week 1, though, just a few video lectures).

Who's in on this?

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Re: Mythology course on Coursera

Post  Erodius on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:13 am

I've taken a handful of courses on Classical Mythology. I'm taking another two this fall. Online classes just aren't for me, I'm afraid. But being as it's free, I think this would be a beyond excellent idea for someone who is either new to or wants a better understanding of, mythology.

Thank you for letting everyone know about this. Smile

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Re: Mythology course on Coursera

Post  Agnes on Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:10 pm

Antithesisx wrote:I figured you guys would be interested in this. A course on Roman and Greek mythology has just started on Coursera. I think it's the most informative to just paste the syllabus:

Week 1: Homer, epic poetry, and Trojan legends
Week 2: Heroes and suffering
Week 3: This World and other ones
Week 4: Identity and signs
Week 5: Gods and humans
Week 6: Religion and ritual
Week 7: Justice
Week 8: Unstable selves
Week 9: Writing myth in history
Week 10: From myths to mythology

It's quite an intensive course. You'll be reading the Odyssey, Theogony, Oedipus the King, and Metamorphoses, among others. It's offered by the University of Pennsylvania. If you pass it, you'll get a statement of accomplishment, so you can put that on your CV. Oh, and it's completely free. You can find the course at coursera.org/course/mythology .

It's already started, though. I should've shared this earlier, but I forgot. Anyway, you have to be quick, as the deadline for the first quiz is tomorrow at 9.00 P.M. (There was no reading assignment for week 1, though, just a few video lectures).

Who's in on this?

Thanks for posting this. I often take Coursera courses (mostly on computer sciences), so I may take a look at this one as well.

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Re: Mythology course on Coursera

Post  Anniemal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:34 pm

Cool!!!

I was new to Coursera, so I missed this class, but I signed up to this one instead: The ancient greeks (sorry, not allowed to post the link yet).

Might be interesting for some of us.
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