Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
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)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Polat
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to comprehend of the Greek mythology is religious in ancient Greece.
2To be able to compare the Greek mythology to Neareastern mythology
3To be able to appreciate the role of the Greek mythology in the Greek art.
4To be able to comment on the interpretation of the images and to be able to discuss the iconography
5To be able to appreciate and analyse the archeological datum and materials, style and chronogical problems of a specifc period.
6To be able to become concious of Archeological Development Actuel . To be able to examine, to employ utilise the library and the Internet and to obtain the habit for 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
1Introduction to the Course : Contents and Importance Recognition and content of the course
2The creation of the world. Lecture. (Hesiod, Theogony, 115-150, 155-180)
3Zeus and Hera. Hieros Gamos (Sacred Marriage). Marriage in ancient Greece Lecture. (Hesiod, Theogony, 455-505, Grimal, 249-251, 821-825. Erhat, 321-325, 46-148).
4Division of the Universe and Poseidon. Myths of Poseidon.Lecture. (Grimal, 682-684. Erhat, 274-276) Seminar
5Division the Universe and Hades. Myths of Hades.Lecture. (Grimal, 222-223. Erhat, 129-130)
6Mythes of Demeter. Cults of Demeter and Festivals. Lecture.. (Hesiod, Theogony, 911-915. Grimal, 145-147. Erhat, 92-94)
7Apollo. Origin of the Cults, Myths and Oracular Shrines Lecture. (Hesiod, Theogony, 920. Grimal, 79-83. Erhat, 47-54) Seminar
8Midterm Exam
9Artemis. Origin of the Cults, Myths and Artemis Ephesus (Lady of Ephesus) Lecture. (Hesiod, Theogony, 920. Grimal, 98-100. Erhat, 60-67)
10Aphrodite. Their Myths and Identity. Lecture.( (Hesiod, Theogony, 190-210. Grimal, 76-78. Erhat, 45-47)
11Hephaistos. Identity of the Hephaistos and the rol of the god in ancient Greece. Lecture..( (Hesiod, Theogony, 926-928. Grimal, 247-249. Erhat, 145-146) Seminar
12Athena. Her Identity and Myths Lecture..( (Hesiod, Theogony, 886-900. Grimal, 107-109. Erhat, 99-104)
13Dionysos (Dionysus). Her Identity , Myths and Festivals. Lecture. (Grimal, 156-159. Erhat, 99-104)
14Hermes. His Myths and Missions Lecture. (Grimal, 285-287. Erhat, 151-153) Seminar
15Ares. His 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
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11818
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO2 2           
LO3 2           
LO4 2           
LO5 2           
LO6 3   4       
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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