Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
714001092009GREEK MYTHOLOGYCompulsory114
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to give a knowledge on the ancient mythology, which is an indispensable tool in the iconographic depiction and identification of the scenes and decorations on pottery and sarchaphogai.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Yasemin Polat
Learning Outcomes
1 To be able to comprehend of the Greek mythology is religious in ancient Greece.
2 To be able to compare of the Greek mythology between from Neareastern mythology
3 To be able to appreciate for the role of the Greek mythology in the Greek art.
4 To be able to comment on the interpretation of the images and to be able to discuss of the iconography
5 To be able to appreciate and to analyse for the archeological datum and materials which periods, style and chronogical problems.
6 To be able to become concious for Archeological Development Actuel . To be able to examine, to employ (Library and Internet) and to obtain for habit of the duration life.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
It would be difficult to recognize ancient society without having knowledge in the legends of the Greek pantheon. The course deals with the world of gods that is paternally ruled and the polytheistic belief in the Greek society. In addition to the iconography of the twelve gods in the Greek pantheon, the identities symbolized in the society by the figurative world of gods (for example, the legend between Zeus and Ganymedes symbolizing the homosexuality of the god) are also stated. The origins of Greek pantheon and the Near Eastern and other beliefs (Hittite, Phonecean, Egyptian and especially Cretan) that influences the Greek pantheon are also taken into consideration. The course also involves the practices and legends during the transition from polytheism to monotheism; the legends of the genesis of the universe, the creation of human, the Deluge as well as other natural disasters such as earthquake. All of the courses will be supplemented with the relevant depictions on pottery, sculpture and wall paintings.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Presentation of Course : Contens and İmportance Recognition and content of the course
2The creation of the world. Then the Great Mother to go through of the Great Father Reading. (Hesiod, Theogony, 115-150, 155-180)
3Zeus and Hera. Hieros Gamos (Sacred Marriage). Marriage in ancient GreeceReading. (Hesiod, Theogony, 455-505, Grimal, 249-251, 821-825. Erhat, 321-325, 46-148).
4Divided of the Universe and Poseidon. Myths of the PoseidonReading. (Grimal, 682-684. Erhat, 274-276) Seminar
5Divided of the Universe and Hades. Myths of the Hades.Reading. (Grimal, 222-223. Erhat, 129-130)
6Mythes of the Demeter. Cults of the Demeter and Festivals.Reading.. (Hesiod, Theogony, 911-915. Grimal, 145-147. Erhat, 92-94)
7Apollo. Origine of the Cults, Myths and Oracular ShrinesReading. (Hesiod, Theogony, 920. Grimal, 79-83. Erhat, 47-54) Seminar
8Mitterm Exam
9Artemis. Origine of the Cults, Myths and Artemis Ephesus (Lady of Ephesus)Reading. (Hesiod, Theogony, 920. Grimal, 98-100. Erhat, 60-67)
10Aphrodite. Their Myths and İdentity.Reading.( (Hesiod, Theogony, 190-210. Grimal, 76-78. Erhat, 45-47)
11Hephaistos. İdentity of the Hephaistos and the rol of the god in ancient Greece. Reading..( (Hesiod, Theogony, 926-928. Grimal, 247-249. Erhat, 145-146)
12Athena. Their İdentity and Myths Reading.( (Hesiod, Theogony, 886-900. Grimal, 107-109. Erhat, 99-104)
13Dionysos (Dionysus). Their İdentity , Myths and Festivals.Reading. (Grimal, 156-159. Erhat, 99-104)
14Hermes. Their Myths and MissionsReading. (Grimal, 285-287. Erhat, 151-153)
15Ares. Their Myths and Missions (Grimal, 84-86. Erhat, 54-55)
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Recommended: Hesiodos Eseri ve Kaynakları, Ankara 1977, (çev. S. Eyüboğlu, A. Erhat) P. Grimal, Mitoloji Sözlüğü. Yunan Roma, İstanbul, 1997 (Çev. S. Tamgüç) A. Erhat, Mitoloji Sözlüğü, İstanbul, 1984 (Üçüncü Basım). Required Reading: S.Can, Klasik Yunan Mitolojisi, Istanbul, 1970 B.Comert, Mitoloji ve Ikonografi, Ankara, 1980 E.Granger, Mitoloji, (Cev.Nurullah Atac), Istanbul, 1983 G.Fink, Antik Mitolojide Kim Kimdir? Istanbul, 1995, (Çev. (Umit Ozturk) Th. H. Carpenter, Antik
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination11414
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1 3        
LO2  5       
LO3   3      
LO45 5       
LO54      4  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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