Heroes & Gods - Myths, Legends and Histories of the Ancient Greeks

Hohmann, Nikolaus
8 Week Lecture
Many of us first encountered the Greek myths as bedtime stories. But the actual stories are often terrifying, and clearly not meant for children. And while today we consider "myth" to mean fiction, the Greeks did not consider these stories to be fiction at all — which raises some puzzling questions: Was the Minotaur real? Was there such a place as the Labyrinth? Was there actually a Trojan War? And would an entire city really fall for the deception of a “Trojan horse”? In this course, we will explore myths and histories not only to illumine the remarkable world of Ancient Greece — one of the most influential cultures in world history — but also to discover timeless truths about the human condition which these myths and histories reveal.