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University of Mississippi

3 credit hours


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Instructor name:

Dr. Jonathan Fenno

Instructor Information:

Dr. Jonathan Fenno is an Associate Professor of Classics.

  • SPECIAL INTERESTS: Greek and Latin Poetry, Greek Religion, Ancient Athletics, Romans in Cinema
  • DISSERTATION: Poet, Athletes, and Heroes: Theban and Aeginetan Identity in Pindar's Aeginetan Odes
  • DEGREES IN CLASSICS: Ph.D., UCLA; M.A., UCLA; B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota


The best way to contact me is by email. Use your university email account ówhich must be actively working during the term. Include the course name (Clc106 iStudy) and your name in any message.

You should expect a response within 24 hours, usually sooner. I normally read, comment on, and grade student journals on the weekend and/or at the end of each unit. Grading of papers may take a week or so.


If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test technical or administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach and Continuing Education, iStudy
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826


This course introduces the academic study of Classical Mythology, enabling students to gain broad knowledge of the divine myths and heroic legends popular in ancient Greece and Rome.


Required Textbook:

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B. Powell, Classical Myth, 8th ed.

Longman, 2015

ISBN 978-0-321-96704-6

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.


Major objectives:

  1. Write brief reaction papers and post them as journal entries, discussing assigned readings or on-line presentations.
  2. After reading assigned chapters in the textbook and watching on-line presentations, you must take six on-line tests, as well as a proctored midterm and final exam, on which you will do the following:
    • identify key attributes of all the major gods/goddesses and heroes/heroines, including their miraculous birth and death, unique powers, famous deeds, and relationships with family, friends, and enemies;
    • recognize these divine and heroic figures by their iconographical attributes in ancient art, especially vase painting and sculpture;
    • locate on a map the actual places with which they are most closely associated.
  3. You will have the opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge of Classical Mythology by writing a complex, two-part paper on a mythical figure of your own choosing.
    • In the first part of this paper, you will create a new myth, organizing its elements into traditional structures (by imagining that you have discovered an ancient manuscript of a lost Homeric Hymn).
    • In the second part, you will analyze your newly ìdiscoveredî myth, identifying typical or atypical motifs and themes by comparison with specific known myths;
    • you will also interpret the meaning of their new myth, employing duly cited ancient and modern theories about the various functions of myth in religion and society.


This course consists of 25 instructional modules (chapters).

Instructional Materials
Due for Grades

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Introduce Yourself discussion board, Syllabus Quiz

Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 25; online lectures

optional journal, practice test and test

Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8; online lectures

optional journal, practice test and test

Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12; online lectures

optional journal, practice test and test
Midterm Exam
Units 1-3
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Chapters 13, 14, and 15; online lectures

optional paper proposal, practice test and test
Chapters 16, 17, 18, and 19; online lectures
optional paper due, practice test and test

Chapters 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24; online lectures

practice test and test
Final Exam Units 4-6
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
Below 59% F


The grading allocation is as follows:

1a. On-line Tests (Best 5 of 6: 5% each) = 25%
1b. Practice Tests 1ñ6 (Best 5 of 6: 1% each) = 5%
2a. Proctored Midterm Exam: Units 1ñ3 = 20%
2b. Proctored Final Exam: Units 4ñ6 = 20%
3. (Optional) Paper: Hymn & Commentary = 18% *
4. (Optional) Journals: Units 1ñ3 (One Journal per Unit: 4% each) = 12% *

*All writing assignments in this course, Paper and Journals (items #3 & #4 above), will be treated as an optional bonus. That is, they could potentially increase your Test & Exam average, but never lower it. Any Journal or Paper completed will earn a raw score according to the grading rubric. Before the end of the course this raw score will be converted to a percentage grade. If that percentage is higher than your average on Tests and Practice Tests (Best 5 of 6) and Exams (i.e., weighted average of items #1 & #2 above), then it will be applied to your final grade in the course. If not, then your Test & Exam average will be applied instead. Any optional assignment not completed will not earn a zero, but will instead be replaced by your Test & Exam average.



A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor exams for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students have several options. They may use ProctorU, which involves a small fee and requires a computer with a webcam. Or they may use the proctoring services of any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Public libraries may also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information about these options is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a testing application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online testing application via the iStudy website.



In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Testing: Students will be tested on (i) assigned readings in Powell's book, as well as (ii) Fenno's on-line presentations/lectures in Blackboard. So keep up with both! Most questions will be matching or multiple choice. For some questions (ca. 20% of each test), students will identify gods and heroes as portrayed in images shown primarily in the on-line lectures.

  1. On-line practice tests can be taken repeatedly, without time limits; the highest score will count.
  2. On-line tests must be taken without notes or assistance; they will be timed (e.g., 20 min. max). Allow time for human or machine error. Each test may be taken twice, the higher score will count, and the lowest of Tests 1ñ6 will be dropped (to account for technical glitches, illness, etc.).
  3. All material will be tested again on the Midterm or Final Examination (40 min. max), which must be taken by appointment with an approved proctor. Only one attempt will be allowed on exams.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement/attendance by taking the syllabus quiz or any other assignment. (In any case you will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the syllabus quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment.)

Videos: Each unit contains at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos (around 20 minutes max).


The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at


You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (e.g., copyright infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.


Set aside a regular time for studying and preparing your lessons.

You can contact your instructor in one of these ways:

  1. Contact your instructor directly by using the Email Your Instructor link to send an email via Blackboard.
  2. Contact your instructor indirectly by sending a written message or email message ( to the instructor in care of the iStudy department. Your message will be promptly forwarded to the instructor.

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