CLC 106 Classical Mythology

CLC 106 IS Sec 1, 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. Use your university email account—which 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.

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. 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) and 2 proctored examinations.

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.


Instructional Materials

Due for Grades


*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


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


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.

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 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


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.