Greek and Roman Mythology

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This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
I did this course in 2015 and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Greek and Roman mythology. Peter Struck knows his stuff and is a delight to learn from. (Totally have the hots for Teacher :)
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I've got quite mixed feelings about this one. I am probably not its target audience - I already have completed several years of Classical Studies, I'm even writing my PhD dissertation in this area right now so it may have seemed pointless for me to take it. Yet I wanted to take a look both at how Classics are thought on the other side of the Atlantic and wanted to see a Classics MOOC. The course was surprisingly demanding - mostly when it came to length of videos and assignments. I can't really assess the difficulty but I was surprised at the time I was spending with it - and, unlike some other humanities MOOCs where I'd spend a lot of time interacting on the forums, I spent this whole time consuming the main course content. This may be both a pro and a con for this course. The content of the course also surprised me though that may be just a cultural difference between European and American pedagogical approaches. Many ancient... I've got quite mixed feelings about this one. I am probably not its target audience - I already have completed several years of Classical Studies, I'm even writing my PhD dissertation in this area right now so it may have seemed pointless for me to take it. Yet I wanted to take a look both at how Classics are thought on the other side of the Atlantic and wanted to see a Classics MOOC. The course was surprisingly demanding - mostly when it came to length of videos and assignments. I can't really assess the difficulty but I was surprised at the time I was spending with it - and, unlike some other humanities MOOCs where I'd spend a lot of time interacting on the forums, I spent this whole time consuming the main course content. This may be both a pro and a con for this course. The content of the course also surprised me though that may be just a cultural difference between European and American pedagogical approaches. Many ancient writers were presented but my classical education was screaming in the background about the lack of a broader picture. Each author seemed to be hanging in a void. The abundance of methodological topics also seemed counter-intuitive. I'd first make sure a student has a clear grasp of all the stories and only then teach them about advanced methods of analysis. But as a whole I am rather pleased with this course.
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6/10 starsDropped
  • 15 reviews
  • 9 completed
4 years, 3 months ago
This course maybe is interesting for many people but I really get bored in some lectures, some lectures are incredible good and have cool interpretation of the story, but maybe this topic isn't the right one for me... for me the teacher varies too much in the talking speed, and make it more hard to follow, I normally just listen to the lectures and is really easy to lose focus when the talking speed varies that much. And he don't have the best diction anyway...but he seems to be a great content producer, I don't finish the course but stay longer than I expect at the beginning, listen to something like half of the course
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 20 reviews
  • 17 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
Great introduction not only to Greek and (to a lesser extent) Roman mythology, but also provides insight about methods for analysing any work in terms of psychology, dichotomy and functionalism. Weather you read the Odyssey or not, the analysis given to that work alone is worth taking the whole course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
This course is an excellent introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology. The professor makes it exciting to read and discuss The Odyssey, Oedipus, The Aeneid, Greek Tragedies, Homeric Hymns, etc. It's essential for poets, writers, and literature lovers. It's a great course and thousands have loved it as shown by the course talk reviews.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 6 completed
4 years, 10 months ago
I expected to increase my knowledge of Greek and Roman Myths and this course certainly helped me do that! I liked that the pacing was realistic - the readings for each week were very achievable and the time scale was reasonable. All in all a great course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
This was my first course, taken in September 2012, and it really began my addiction to online learning. Professor Peter Struck was enthusiastic, engaging, and easy to follow, and the material and ideas were introduced well throughout the course. The teaching staff were great too and the videos with the team responding to the questions from the forums were a great addition. I also appreciate that the reading list was released well before the course started, as the reading load was quite heavy (at least for me as I'm a slow reader). I found the quizzes were at an appropriate level and I personally didn't have a problem with the peer-graded essays, although I understand they caused some people a lot of angst and disappointment. I would definitely recommend this course to those with a love of history, mythology, literature, or those interested in human ideas and thought.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
I graduated college with a strong psychology major, so the time I had to spend taking humanities classes such as this was limited. Hence, much of the material was relatively new to me and I had to do a lot of first-time reading and rereading. It was challenging, fascinating, and ultimately very worthwhile. Prof. Struck is an excellent lecturer who obviously loves teaching. The format is very good, the assignments clear, and, yes, the tests were extremely important to the learning process. I can't think of a way the course could be improved upon...it is excellent in every aspect.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
Dr. Struck and his team are terrific. His teaching style and presentation were down-to-earth and accessible. The content and discussion were at the level of an 3rd or 4th year American university. I particularly like his active involvement of his team in the live sessions and forums--it was quite useful to have an archaeologist offering up her observations. One of the best classes I've taken--in or out of a bricks & mortar university. I would definitely sign up for another one of his courses.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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  • 8 completed
5 years, 11 months ago
I actually enrolled in this course while taking a Greek Mythology course at my actual college. It was really interesting to have the juxtaposition of two VASTLY different approaches to the material, and to see what common threads emerged from the two. I will say, that purely on the level of familiarizing myself with Greek Myth, this course probably wins out over my school's course, which was more of a comparative myth class through the lens of the Greeks, whereas this course really got a lot more involved in the meat of what the Greco-Roman myths really are, at their core. The professor has an infectious enthusiasm that really engages you with the material, and this course had one of the most active, interesting, and helpful forums of any MOOC I've yet taken. Highly recommended!
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
5 years, 12 months ago
Never thought I would read the entire Odyssey and like it. Lectures and discussions based on readings of such classics, rather that a god-by-god analysis of pantheons, which I think is a good thing, though I would have liked to hear a little more about origins and comparative theodicy. At least one short essay is required and peer review is [unprintable].
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 13 reviews
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6 years, 1 month ago
Nice course, enthusiastic professor. He put the ancient mythology in more broad prospective, connecting it with the anthropology in general and the existing theories of myth and its role for the human societies. This might sound dry, but the course was very engaging and easy to follow, due to the enthusiasm of the lecturer and the well-prepared course materials, reading recommendations, quizzes and assignments. This is one of the courses which can help you to become a better thinker, or at least to get the opportunity to think about many aspects of life which are now taken for granted. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about the roots of our culture.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
While I think most people have had some exposure to Greek and Roman Myth, I felt like it was a big hole in my undergraduate experience (years ago!) As you read academic literature in most any field, you're assumed to know the basic, and this course delivered. This course requires a great deal of reading, naturally, but it's well worth the effort. I enjoyed the theory lectures most of all, both because they were unexpected and because they added some vibrancy that would have been lacking if we had just explored plot points and character names.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 11 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Very enjoyable course taught by an excellent lecturer Dr. Peter Struck and his team. I had read Odysseus before but the book came alive for me through Dr. Struck's interpretation and explanations of Greek myths. The teaching team is obviously very interested in teaching and have put their hearts into the teaching. Very nice indeed!
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 3 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
I really enjoyed this course. Prof. Struck was a fantastic lecturer and his and his whole team's approach carried you through on a wave of enthusiasm through some quite demanding material (especially if, like me you do not have a humanities degree background - I am an engineer). I learnt a great deal. I think the weekly commitment was far more than the stated number of hours, if you really did all the reading required of you in a thoughtful way. It was far more demanding (and enjoyable) than other on-line courses that I am currently doing, but for me was all the better for that. I started out just wanting to learn,not caring about the certificate, but by half way through I was determined to earn one, after all the hard work! I would suggest that whatever the motive is for learning providing some kind of completion certificate certainly helps you keep going!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Professor Peter Struck brings mythology to life beyond any of my expectations. The video lectures are concise and engaging. The discussions and quizzes are thought provoking. I've taken paid online courses for credit and they do not even compare to the level of excitement in learning and the feel of community among my peers. I recommend this course to anyone trying an online course for the first time. It will not disappoint.
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6 years, 7 months ago
Very interesting course! I have never seen such an enthusiastic professor! It is obvious that he loves what he does and it shows in the way he passes the knowledge to us! Thanks a million Prof. Struck for making me love and appreciate my heritage once again!!!
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6 years, 7 months ago
I think Prof Struck has a great sense of humour, and the fun he's having is quite infectious. He really brings the material to life. The course is well- organized and the theories are slipped in so casually, that we've learned it before we realize what was going on! I have to give kudos though to his three 'Graces', the rest of the teaching staff. You ladies rock! You all give the impression that the boards are being monitored, questions are taken seriously and attended to in a timely manner. YOU make the course a real success - I can only compare with SciFi& Fantasy, and though that course had brilliant content,at times, it was like shouting into an empty cave. I also want to say well-done to Prof. Struck for sharing the limelight with your teaching assistants, so we have faces and names to relate to - it all feels very personable.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
Years ago, I completed about half of an intro. course on mythology. I quit for personal reasons. The course was fine; mythology is always so interesting, but the course was exclusively encyclopaedic in nature...basically a list of mythological names. This course with Prof. Struck uses source materials. That puts us right into the heart of the matter, Greek mythology as it was 'lived' by the ancient Greeks. You could not ask for anything better. This course also gives theoretical approaches so it is advanced enough for what is really an introductory course. It includes extremely interesting video lectures, where the prof. doesn't talk down to students. A terrific course!
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6 years, 7 months ago
Prof Struck and the team did a great job. You dont feel "just a nice course" here but a course that makes you feel warm, happy, interested and colorful. The videos are not just teaching - they are also enjoyable. Mr. Struck is a positive, smiling and ethereal teacher. You have the chance to take a good look at the most important books of all the centuries, like Odyssey and Theogony!! You take a look at what the world was like and what has come to past.. You learn where you came from...
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2/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I did not like Professor Struck's lecture style. He spoke too casually, as if he had not practiced his lectures and was speaking almost extemporaneously. His vocabulary was unsophisticated, almost juvenile in some cases. He must have used the word "nasty" fifty times. He repeatedly made two grammatical mistakes. He used "I" instead of "me" as the object of prepositions, e.g., ". . . the physical, corporeal nature of you and I . . ." He also repeatedly used they or their with singular antecedents, e.g. "Each of them gives a speech that says why THEY should be the one . . ." The content of the course was terrific. I liked the choice of reading material. At first, I was disappointed that theoretical approaches to myth were discussed, but by the end of the course I felt their inclusion was appropriate.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I can't wait to click on the new video lectures each week and see the "hello mythologists" greeting, knowing it's the start of another series of engaging talks by Dr. Struck. He has a contagious enthusiasm and openness that really drew me in. The class could have been a few weeks longer, to give us time to linger a bit on Virgil. Feeling a little rushed at the end, trying to finish reading and write a paper. Other than that, it's been epic. Thank you to Dr. Struck and his team for a great class!
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6 years, 7 months ago
Dr. Struck and his team have done a wonderful job of creating a very worthwhile online course in Greek Mythology. The reading assignments, quizzes, and discussion boards have provided much food for thought and a new insight into the culture of ancient Greece as well as stories of the gods and goddesses.
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6 years, 7 months ago
Never have I had a prof who makes his subject matter come alive quite in the same way that Dr. Struck does. His passion for mythology comes across in every single lecture. In all honesty, this is a high-calibre course - one of the very, very best to be found.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I am doing this short 10-week course alongside an OU module on the same subject, hoping to get different perspectives on some of the myths and to cover some that the OU course doesn't. I am not disappointed. The reading schedule is intense, but the fast pace of the course seems to work really well. Professor Struck is an amazingly charismatic and interesting lecturer, who brings his love of mythology and his depth of knowledge to an incredibly wide audience. I would recommend the course to anyone interested in classical world mythology - apart from anything else, you will enjoy the reading.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I love this course. I did an arts degree 30 years ago and never enjoyed a subject or spent as much time on it as I'm doing on this one (and I am much more busy now). I think I would have enjoyed it without Prof Struck but he brings it alive. He is the best lecturer I have ever encountered. Thank you Prof Struck!
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6 years, 7 months ago
An amazing experience!!!Professor Struck is a great teacher - direct, with sense of humour,just loves what he's doing and enjoys it.And his team is very strong!!!I enjoyed very much the interaction of so many different people in the forums and the screenside chats. Eventually technology can bring us together, spread knowledge and make us better!!!
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6 years, 7 months ago
I never thought I would enjoy this course as much as I have. Who knew that the Odyssey could be so interesting? Or the Homeric Hymns? I find myself looking forward to each week's reading and lectures and my appreciation for Dr. Peter Struck, UPENN, Coursera, and the entire design team cannot be adequately expressed. I hope a resounding "Thank you!" will suffice.
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6 years, 7 months ago
An outstanding course for an introduction into Greek and Roman Mythology. The teaching format of Professor Struck is intellectual yet highly enjoyable. There are even valuable 'life lessons' to get out of his teachings. I highly recommend! This is a course that no-one should miss out!
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6 years, 7 months ago
This is a great course for anyone interested in Greek and Roman mythology. Prof. Struck is engaging and his video lectures are both informative and fun to watch.
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