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by Gail Lavender, Department of English

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These lectures discuss various theories that address the origin, structure, and meaning of mythology. The theories of Frazer, Harrison, Malinowski, Eliade, Freud, Jung, Levi-°©‐Strauss, Campbell, and others are explored and applied through an intensive study of Greek mythology. Other mythologies in close geographic proximity with Greece, such as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Syria, Egypt, and Rome are investigated. In addition other mythologies, such as Norse, Japanese, Mayan, Aztec, Hindu, sections of Africa, and Navajo and other southwestern Pueblo cultures are visited. Through analysis of the divine narratives and legends of these cultures, the following archetypes are addressed: Creation, Flood/Cosmic Disaster, Origin of Humans, Mother Goddess, Dying & Resurrection, Afterlife, Trickster, and Hero. The Archetype Lectures were adapted from Georgia Nugent's lectures in Mythology for the Teaching Company.

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MISERABLE sound quality. Look elsewhere.

I couldn't finish this series because of the horrible, amateurish quality of the recording. It goes from being so quiet that you have to turn the volume up all the way to try and hear what the person is saying, to having the narrator virtually yelling into the microphone so that the microphone is overdriven and is distorting the sound. Also, something is apparently constantly banging into the microphone on some of the lectures. Incredibly annoying and easily the worst quality recording I have ever attempted to listen to. I can't believe that someone would actually publish this. Save yourself the time and frustration and look elsewhere.


The teacher describes the gods well. A little issue with the sound quality. And she seemed a little disorganized,and I wish I could hear the students comments. Overall pretty good.

Not the best

My biggest complaint about the episodes was that the instructor seemed disorganized and repetitive. She talks about the same gods, over and over again, and giving you the same information about them again and again. How many times does she need to tell you that Apollo is the most human of the gods?

The instructor is so excited about the subject that it feels like she is being condescending to the people in the class, and therefore the listeners of these episodes. I definitely felt like I was stupid listening to her discuss the gods, and I know the stories she is referring to.

And the quality of the audio is not the best either. Each episode was taped during a lecture, and the microphone is near the instructor and she repeatedly is asking the class questions and since there is no microphone near where they are, you cannot hear them, and she often doesn't repeat everything they have said. And there are some distortions in the audio as well, preventing the listener from hearing everything in them.

If you don't mind the distortions, the repitition or the fact she makes you feel a little dumb, this might be a good place to start. But I wouldn't even recommend that. There are better places to get information about Greek mythology.

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  • Category: Classics
  • Language: English

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