CLC 106 Classical Mythology

CLC 106 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Kerri Scott

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, which you are encouraged to send at any time or on any day. I will respond as soon as I am able.

Use your university email account — which must be actively working during the term. Please include the course name (Clc106 iStudy) and your name in any message.

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.

Contact Information:

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 administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

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

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

Course Description

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.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Major objectives:

  1. You will have the opportunity to 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 “discovered” 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.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 25 instructional modules (chapters) spread over 6 units.

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.

*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Unit Instructional Materials Due for Grades
Syllabus *You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* 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
1 Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 25; online lectures optional journal,
practice test and test
2 Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8; online lectures optional journal,
practice test and test
3 Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12; online lectures optional journal,
practice test and test
MIDPOINT OF COURSE If you are a semester student, you are encouraged to reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information. All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are encouraged to reach the midpoint is specified further above.
Midterm Exam Units 1-3 To be scheduled and completed
before proceeding
4 Chapters 13, 14, and 15; online lectures optional paper proposal,
practice test and test
5 Chapters 16, 17, 18, and 19; online lectures optional paper due,
practice test and test
6 Chapters 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24; online lectures practice test and test
Final Exam Units 4-6 To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit
To be eligible to sit for the final exam,
all course work
must be completed
and graded.


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 1–6 (Best 5 of 6: 5% each) = 25%
1b. Practice Tests 1–6 (Best 5 of 6: 1% each) = 5%
2a. Proctored Midterm Exam: Units 1–3 = 20%
2b. Proctored Final Exam: Units 4–6 = 20%
3. (Optional) Paper: Hymn & Commentary = 18% *
4. (Optional) Journals: Units 1–3 (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.


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.