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Learning Objectives

  1. Learn to distinguish between myth proper, saga or legend, and folktales and fairytales.

  2. Learn the fundamental differences between the following approaches to the interpretation of myth:
    1. Psychological
    2. Ritualist
    3. Structuralist

  3. Identify the proponents of the major interpretive schools.

  4. Learn the definition of classical myth (p. 25).

  5. Identify the most important primary sources for the study of Greek and Roman myths.

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