Classical Mythology in Art (HART 234)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History of Art(HART)
Zeynep Nevin Yelçe,
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Interactive lecture
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course is intended as an introduction to Greek and Roman mythology. The aim is to acquaint students to the major mythological characters and stories. Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, demigods, heroes and their stories have employed and interpreted in works of art, literature, and music throughout centuries. This course aims to offer a basic yet solid background to students who wish to have a better understanding of such reflections in various fields of cultural production. Without disregarding the religious and ritual aspects of mythology, this course focuses on the characters and the stories themselves rather than theory. Following the trail of Ovid, the course will explore how myths were used in the visual arts.


To teach the basic concepts and issues in Classical mythology to enable students to understand and analyze works of art created in different periods throughout world history.


  • Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: a. Comprehend the basic concepts and issues in classical mythology b. Discuss the fundemantal myths and stories c. Recognize and interpret a work of art with mythological subject-matter d. Contextualize a work of art with mythological subject-matter e. Improve essay-writing and oral self expression skills f. Research specific interests contributing to the general theme


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 2

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 4

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 3

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 5

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 4

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 5

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 4

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 3


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 25
Assignment 15
Participation 20



Apollodorus, The Library of Greek Mythology, trans. Robin Hard, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Hesiod, "Homeric Hymns," in Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, trans. Daryl Hine, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Hesiod, "Works and Days," in Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, trans. Daryl Hine, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Hesiod, "Theogony," in Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, trans. Daryl Hine, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Homer, The Iliad, trans. Robert Fitzgerald, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Homer, The Odyssey, trans. Walter Shewring, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Ovid, Metamorphoses, trans. Stanley Lombardo, Hackett Pub., 2010.

Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, Grand Central, 2011.

Robert Graves, Greek Myths: Complete and Definitive Edition, Penguin, 2011.