Mythology Symposium: The Story of Achilles
In this one-time course, we will gather for our own Greek symposium! In true symposium style, we'll use art, literature, and story-telling tradition to explore the stories surrounding one of Greek mythology's most famous heroes: Achilles.
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The symposium (or συμπoσιον) was for centuries an important part of ancient Greek culture (and ancient Roman culture, too; the Romans admired Greek culture and literature very much, and so they "borrowed" quite a bit from the Greeks, including their own version of the symposium, called a convivium). Symposia were essentially intimate dinner parties at a private home; after the main meal, the attendants would gather to drink wine, nibble on snacks, and indulge in all manner of literary and...
I fell in love with classics as an undergraduate. During high school, I had taken a few Latin courses, and I had a genuine interest in the language (as a child, I had even attempted to teach myself Latin from a book, which didn't go so well, but clearly I had an attraction to Latin from an early age!), but it wasn't something I imagined myself pursuing in any serious way in higher education. In the first semester of my freshman year at college, however, due to a mix up with my schedule, I ended up in a Roman history course, and it transformed my world. I was entranced by both the subject matter and the teacher, and when the second semester came around, I made sure to sign up for as many classics courses as I could take. By sophomore year, I was learning ancient Greek and declaring my major in classics. I received my BA in Latin Language and Literature (with an undeclared minor in ancient Greek language and literature) from Oberlin College. During my senior year of college, I made the decision to apply to graduate school. By that time, I had decided that I wanted to share my excitement for the classical world by becoming a teacher, and given my passion for classics, I preferred to deepen my knowledge of the subject rather than to attend a master's of education program. I received a merit-based classics fellowship from the University of Virginia, from which I received my MA in Classics. I wrote my master's thesis on the treatment of women in three exempla of Ovid's Ars Amatoria. My classics education exposed me not only to ancient languages and literature, but to the very world of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and learning more about Greek and Roman mythology, in which I have had a strong interest since I was a child, was an integral part of the experience. Any program of study in classics demands a strong knowledge of many aspects of the ancient world outside of its languages. I love classics, and I believe my love for it shines through in every class I teach and in every interaction I have with a student. I have been a Latin language tutor for my entire adult life, I have taught Latin language and literature courses on the college level, and as a teacher at a private school in Virginia, I taught Latin language courses (intro Latin all the way through AP Latin) for middle schoolers and upper schoolers; because the school gave teachers control over course curriculum, I structured my classes so that mythology, ancient history, and classical civilization played an integral role.
As we're seeking to recreate a symposium, drinks and snacks are encouraged! Between the meal and the after-dinner snacks, traditional food served at a symposium would include bread, cheese, olives (and olive oil!), dried fruit, nuts, grapes, and honey. If a student wishes to participate in the food/drink element of the course, they should have one, several, or all of these items on hand at the start of the hour. For drinks, water or juice works just fine.
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I believe it is important to show learners how Greek and Roman myths were developed throughout the ages, and I particularly like to emphasize the depictions of mythological stories and figures in art, architecture, and sculpture. Please note that some artwork may involve some modest nudity. This is never gratuitous, and it always reflects the artistic style of the day. I make an effort to keep such images to a minimum, but it is a fact that ancient and Renaissance art often made the stylistic choice to depict its subjects as partially clothed or nude. Any such images would of course be restricted to paintings, sculpture, or pottery, and are images that are housed in museums around the world. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kristen Kanipe, M.A.Experienced and Enthusiastic Classicist, Teacher, and Tutor
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