2012 Medusa Mythology Examination - Malicious Monsters and Monstrous Mortals This syllabus is written to be a guide as you study

the classics to prepare for the Medusa Mythology Exam (and expand your myth knowledge in general). It is NOT the “be all, end all” list of information that might be on the exam. Each section of the list includes recommended primary sources to study in addition to the more direct mythology dictionaries. We, the Medusa Mythology Exam Committee, hope that you will begin (if not continue) to find the original works engaging, compelling, and useful in your study and personal reading. Nota Bene: All names here are listed in Greek (save those who only exist in Roman/Latin sources). You need to know the Greek and Roman names and spellings for characters, as well as the Anglicized versions of names. For example, “the Fates” (Anglicized) are known as the “Moirae” (Greek) and “Fata” and “Parcae” (Latin). I. Persesus (well, this is the Medusa Exam . . . ) A. Monstrous Acrisius1. his treatment of Danae and baby Perseus 2. Perseus’ killing of him B. Malicious Medusa1. why he goes (the monstrous Polydectes) 2. who all helps (gods and Graiai) 3. how he kills Medusa and what are born C. His Return1. whom he saves (Andromeda) 2. from whom/what he saves her 3. his encounters on the way back (Atlas) D. Ovid’s Metamorphoses (NOT the Clash Of the Titans, one or two, old or new) Jason A. Monstrous Pelias1. his ursuping of the throne of Iolcus 2. his death B. Monstrous Meetings (monsters and monstrous mortals the Argonauts encounter)1. Harpies 2. Bebryces’ king, Amycus 3. six-armed giants of Bear Mountain 4. Scylla and Charybdis 5. Sirens 6. Talus 7. birds with arrow-like feathers C. In Colchis1. Aeetes’ tasks for Jason 2. Medea’s help 3. the dragon guarding the Golden Fleece D. Medea’s Malicious Malefactions1. killing Absyrtus 2. convincing Pelias’ daughters to kill him 3. killing Creusa/Glauce 4. killing her children








The monstrous Bull of the Sea that lead to his death D.The Argonautica Heracles A. Primary sources1. Plutarch. the “Bull”-y1. know about Geryon’s monstrous guard dog. Bull of Minos 7. Nemean Lion 2. know about Geryon himself b. Stymphalian Birds 6. Other Malicious Encounters1. Orthus c. know its lineage as well as how Heracles defeats it)-| 1. Bibliotheca 2. Sceiron 4. How Theseus destroyed it C. the monster Heracles defeats on his way home 9. Heracles as Argonaut 2. Cattle of Geryon a. Monsters (for each monster. Lernaean Hydra and crab 3. Theseus 7 8 9 10 IV. Theseus. Apollodorus. Laomedon 4. 11 12 . III.Malicious Monsters and Monstrous Mortals E. Theseus’ son Hippolytus1. Phaedra’s malicious crime 2. Athenaze (for each malicious mortal. Primary source . Where it lived 3. Heracles Theseus A. The Library 2. Monster guarding the Golden Apples of the Hesperides (often called “Ladon”) 10. Metamorphoses 3. Cerberus B. know his lineage and how Theseus defeats him)1. Man-eating Mares of Diomedes 8. How the Minotaur came to be 2. Procrustes 2. Crommyonian Sow/Phaea 5. Erymanthian Boar 5.2012 Medusa Mythology Examination . Robbers Cycnus and Syleus 3. Primary sources1. Ceryneian Hind 4. Ovid. Periphetes B. Euripides. Apollodorus. know about Cacus. Cercyon 6. Nessus C. Sinis 3.

Sphinx1. Monstrous Mortals 1. Odyssey Theban Tragedies A. Sophocles. Atrocities Of the House Of Atreus A. Slaying of Ares’ dragon 2. Odd meals1. Dirce1. Suitor sympathizers C. Scylla and Charybdis 2. Agamemnon 1. Primary sources1. Lineage 2.Homer. 15 16 17 18 VII.Aeschylus. Ino b.Malicious Monsters and Monstrous Mortals V. Sirens 3. Atreus’ cooking of Thyestes’ sons B. Blasphemy of Capaneus 2. Orestia . Suitors 4. Riddle 3. Agave and her son Pentheus c. Circe 3. Tydeus’ odd meal E. 13 Odysseus A. Cadmus1. Tantalus’ cooking of Pelops 2. Orestes’ murder of Clytemnestra and pursuit by the Furies D. Laestrygonians B. Primary sources . Ovid. Sacrifice of Iphigenia 2. Harassment of Antiope 2. Oedipus Rex 14 VI. Murder at the hands of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus C. Malicious Monsters in Mari 1. Primary source . His unfortunate children’s monstrous acts and deaths a. Metamorphoses 2. Polyphemus 4. Demise D.2012 Medusa Mythology Examination . Palamedes 2. Monstrous Acts Of the Seven Against Thebes1. Autonoe and her son Actaeon B. Death C.

Typhon/Typhoeus . Harpies 20 6. Spawn of Echidna1. Orthus 3. Groups1. Lernean Hydra 4. Other Monsters1. Cerberus 21 2. Hecatonchieres 3. Gorgons 5.Malicious Monsters and Monstrous Mortals VIII. Chimera 22 6. Sirens B. Cyclopes 19 2. Monsters In General (largely drawn from Hesiod’s Theogony) A. Graiai 4. Sphinx C. Nemean Lion 5. Ladon 2.2012 Medusa Mythology Examination . Geryon 23 3.

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