Well thought out well presented. I feel I have gained a very knowledgeable and thorough understanding of both Greek and Roman mythology and their historical gods and goddesses from taking this course.
I loved this course. It covers material that is generally available to those who can afford an expensive private education. It was a great way to keep myself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown.
By Pete T•
This was an excellent course. It gave a full picture of the world of Greek mythology and how that lead on to the mythology of Rome. The different ways and emphases used by various poets handling the world of men and gods was fascinating. Reading the texts was challenging and maybe the course was a bit too long. But we (my daughter and I both took this course) enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it. The lecturer was excellent and showed a great love for the subject with the occasional unexpected injections of humour. Believe me, this is the truth and not a myth.
By Trisha Q•
I thoroughly enjoyed the course on Greek and Roman Mythology. I starrted this course so that I could get a grounding in some ancient texts eg the Illiad and the Oddysey so that I can enjoy a number of more recent texts on the same subject eg A Thousand Ships, The Penelopiad, A Song of Achilles and Circe to name a few ... well now I am on another journey ... and now reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology. The course has opened my mind to many new avenues to explore. Really enjoyed Lecturer Peter Struck and his enthusiasm for his subject. I highly recommend the course.
By Bernard P•
This has been a great experience for me, as a recently retired physician, I have wanted to get back to studying the humanities. I had started with refreshing my latin , reading Homer and Virgil but really wanted to dive more into classical studies. The course on Greek and Roman Mythology has met all my expectations and has helped me to better understand the work of key classical authors as well as gaining insights in ancient mythology. I want to thank Professor Struck and his team for making the course accessible , entertaining and motivating. Really well done !!
By Ellen E•
Wonderful! If you've been meaning to read more of the Greek and Roman classics (Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Virgil, Ovid, etc), this is a great way to do it. Dr. Struck not only helps you understand the texts themselves-- their themes, literary devices, and use of language-- but also uses them to look at several contrasting interpretations of myth and its role in human society. The lectures were lively and informative, the discussion questions were engaging, and the result is that I'm sure I'll be thinking about the ideas I learned in this course for years to come.
By Kevin T•
Professor Stuck is outstanding. The course is very well structured to provide a great easing in point for ancient mythology, which helps allay the fear that can come from undertaking such a daunting challenge as trying to understand the lessons and stories from texts that are thousands of years old. Once you've got your toes in the water, Professor Struck quickly gets you up to speed so that by the end of the course, you've learned to recognize a lot of the subtleties that flew right over your head at the beginning. Cannot recommend highly enough!
By Jesus A B S•
Loved it. I took this course because I wanted to know more about these particular myths, since they have always caught my attention. Since I can recall, I have always loved them. This course made see them in a way I would not, even if I read the same Tragedies, Epic poems and plays that I read during this course. Fantastic course to do. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes or has some kind of curiosity about these myths. Cheers! Best of luck to everyone out there! And congratulation to all the Penn team and professor struck. My respects to you.
By Shravya K•
This course was amazing. As someone who was a complete beginner to the Classics and is only doing this out of curiosity and a passion for Greek Myth I found myself completely enveloped in the world of Ancient Greece. Highly recommend not just reading the texts, but looking up audiobook or play versions on YouTube. I did full readings of all the plays and poems, and then some. Huge thanks to Professor Peter Struck, who smiles while he teaches - he has a genuine passion for his subject, and is a great teacher. Loved this course.
By Chalee B•
This was a fun and enjoyable course to take! It was nostalgic to read some old favorites like the Odyssey and learning more in-depth theories and readings about what occurs in Greek and Roman mythology. I appreciated how the videos were broken up - there was never too much information in video and they were all easy to sit through and watch. The added visuals helped keep things interesting as well. Overall, I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to dive a little deeper into Greek and Roman mythology!
By Lynne W•
This course was fantastic. In just 10 weeks of lessons I filled in huge lacunae in my classical education. (I must've been daydreaming throughout most of my early schooling.) Dr. Struck was so engaging and I could weave his narrative into sense that made all the stories and names and patterns make sense. My major motivation was to understand the brilliant writings of the famed Jungian, Helen Luke, who based much of her writings on classical Greek (and Shakespearean) stories. Bravo! Thanks.
By Terry C•
This was simply a wonderful course. Professor Struck is an excellent instructor who brings a lot of insight into the subject of mythology itself, different ways that mythology is interpreted, and Greek and Roman mythology itself. His humor, easy way of teaching a complex subject, and knowledge all contributed to making this one of my favorite online courses. Thank you, Professor Struck and your teaching staff at Penn for expanding my knowledge and insights of what it means to be human.
By Peter G•
I grew up reading the greek myths and consuming media that has been inspired by the greek myths. This Course has enabled me to view these myths through a plethera of perspectives, and it has introduced me to a number of concepts foreign to me. The most important thing I got from this course has to be the introduction to the culture surrounding the authors of these myths and how it influenced their writing and the content of the myths. This course certainly delivered what it promised!
By Ger K•
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I was initially weary of the course beginning with 4 weeks of the Odyssey as I was familiar with this book and enrolled in the course to learn more about the non Homeric tales. However, I am glad to admit that I was wrong in this pre judgement as the pacing of the course, the content of the course and the richness of the course made for a wonderful learning experience. Well done to Prof. Peter Struck and his team for developing a marvellous course.
By Tomas K•
My interest in the course had a sentimental origin: as a child, many years ago, my father talked a lot about Greek and Roman Mythology. Now in old age; I had the impulse both to learn a bit more and honour my father. The course has completely and fully satisfied my objectives and in the process, I have also enjoyed myself. I found Prof. Struck's lectures very didactic, informative and in an easy to follow language: I think he has done a great job. Many thanks.
By Lou M•
Totally delightful course. Professor Struck, is wonderful! I haven't been exposed to an academic course that I've enjoyed as much as I have this one. It has been about 60 years since I experienced a college level course that included the topics presented in this course. At that time, I took advantage of "Cliff Notes" to get through the wonderful writers we were assigned to study. That was my loss, this course is my gain. Thanks to Robert Struck and Coursera.
By Debbie C•
I am so sad that this course has finished. Regardless of the fact that I completed this during lockdown, it has enriched me in so many ways. Peter Struck is engaging and propels you through the materials with interest and passion. The materials pushed me and have fostered a real love of the stories and their context as well as enabling me to develop my ability to apply theories and perspectives. Amazing! Thank you, Coursera. Thank you, Peter Struck.
By Matthew V•
This is my fourth coursera course and probably my favorite yet! I thought I knew this material well having taken classes on it in high school and college, but the amount I learned in this course is EXPANSIVE!! I love how Professor Struck presents lectures. It was difficult. There are lots of videos (over an hour a week, not including reading time), so it's ten weeks of hard work. But very worth it if you're willing to put in the effort!
By Sandu C•
Hello! This was my first Course here, on this platform. After these 10 weeks I can say Professor Peter Struck indeed, was able to 'itch' for learning more about the wast subject that is Greco-Roman Mythology.
Courses are portioned into bite-size videos, Mr. Struck has a number of amazing photos and diagrames to keep you in the know with all this compacted information.
Fun, informative, an eye-opening experience! Thank you!
By Karen G•
A suprising, engaging and thorough exploration of the topic. Prof. Struck is a gifted teacher and the course material is wonderful. I thought I was taking a class to further my knowledge of mythological stories and characters- but I learned so much more. This course is a wonderful adventure and left with me with new ideas and new questions about the stories we tell and how they shape how we live and who we think we are.
By Jonathan I L A•
This is a fantastic course. Don't expect to get a very deep knowledge, intricate concepts or really complicated theory since this course offers only an introduction to Greek and Roman myths and some very useful tools to interpret them. The language used by Peter Struck is quite friendly, and he is able to make you feel like you're actually travelling with Odysseus, Orestes and all of the heroes of Greek and Roman Myths.
By Diane M•
Peter (sorry for the familiarity - his warm style mabe it feel like he a friend) has an insight and knowledge level which made this course a pleasure to complete. He has a way of bringing history to life with his ability to relate , interpret and deliver content. Thank you - I am now looking at how to continue my passion for history with another of your courses
Dr Di McGreal
By Carlos L•
i´m very glad to have chosen this course in my ongoing learning. i studied oedipus´story in college as part of the psychoanalysis class and in the history of psychology is a very important but underrated part of learning. i want to thank peter struck for his energy throughout the whole ten sessions and hopefully he would have a bottle of water nearby to water his throat a little between videos. such a great teacher!!
By Veronica S•
A very interesting course for those who already have some previous knowledge of greek and roman mythology. I learned a lot more about the historical and social backgrounds of the myths I grew up with and studied on my own, but I also "gained new glasses" to see them from different perspectives. Thank you so much Peter, although I did not engage much on class discussions, your course made my quarantine more bearable.
By Shyamasri M•
I am very glad that I have completed this course successfully. The syllabus was comprehensive. The lectures were informative and analytical. I express my sincere thanks to Prof. Peter Struck (Course Instructor) and the academic team, for making the difficult topics of Classical literature interesting to the learners. Thanks, Coursera, for offering such a wonderful course on Greek and Roman Mythology.
By Emily W•
This was an excellent course, I'm so glad it was recommended to me! I have experience in history, but not Classics specifically. I learned so much in this course and was introduced to important, seminal works. Professor Struck not only presents the information and analysis in an accessible way, but also always keeps it interesting. This course made me want to continue delving into the Classics!
By Natalia B•
Thank you for the course. It was systematic, provided deep understanding of mythology and, particularly, deeper understanding of the current human being, identity, the roots of humanity, etc. I really enjoyed the useful and very interesting information. Moreover, the course sees mythology through the prism of a range of tools, thus, providing the explanation of the importance of its learning.