Greek mythology comes to Coe's Thursday Forum

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2015-09-17 10:10:03 - General

Angela Ziskowski
Angela Ziskowski
Assistant Professor of History

The rich mythology of the ancient Greeks will be introduced at Coe College's Thursday Forum in October.

The myths played a deeply important role in Greek society and had great influence on the Romans, and then Western literature and art. This course will explore the origins of these myths, looking back to influences from Near Eastern societies like the Mesopotamians and Egyptians. In addition, History Professor Angela Ziskowski will share some of the earliest texts of the Greeks, such as Homer, Hesiod and Herodotus, in order to see how they conceived of their religious universe and the deities within it.

The series will explore the major gods in the Greek pantheon and explain why some, like Zeus and Athena, are included while others, such as Hades or Dionysos, often are not. Attendees will consider the roles each god or goddess played in the Greek world and some of the more famous stories associated with them. The course will conclude with a survey of famous Greek heroes, such as Theseus and Herakles, who occupied unusual roles as demi-gods in Greek myth and legend.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8523.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Myths & Legends of Ancient Greece" - Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22.
  • "The Science of Natural Disasters" - Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19.
  • "Travels in Egypt & Morocco: Cultural and Historical Perspectives" - Dec. 3
  • "La Traviata: A Peek Behind the Scenes" - Jan. 14.
  • "A Look at our Solar System: The Sun, the Planets and More" - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25.
  • "Asia Minor: A 3500-Year History" - March 3, 17, 24, 31.
  • "A Historical and Cultural Perspective on Travel to Cuba by US Citizens: A Century of Flux, Paradox and Contradiction" - March 10.
  • "The Evolution of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll: A Closer Look at Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones" - April 7, 14, 21, 28.

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