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Upper-School Mythology introduces students to fascinating tales of other worldly creatures, gods, goddesses, monsters, and warriors and invites them to explore life’s ultimate questions, like “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?” and “How can I live a virtuous life?”. Through an exploration of literature, history, philosophy, geography, and culture – all in one engaging course – students read mythological tales from a variety of geographical locations and historical time periods, reflecting on the customs, beliefs and cultural perspectives of a survey of ancient civilizations, with a central focus on ancient Greece and Rome.

Using Dr. Louis Marko’s book, The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes as the central text for the course, students are introduced to tales as expressions of the human condition, in both its virtue and its depravity, through a myriad of mythological personas and narratives. Markos invites students to view the myths as eloquent and poignant reflections of the limitations of man, who, despite his best creative and intellectual efforts, sees the world as the Apostle Paul described it, “through a glass darkly.” Similar to Paul walking along the marble streets before the temple of Artemis presenting Christ as the answer to the emptiness and longings of paganism, Markos walks students through ancient mythological stories illuminating the state of man as one of readiness for and anticipation of a Redeemer and a Savior.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

Weslea Bell holds a MA in English from Mississippi State University and has taught Language Arts courses, including Literature, Composition, Mythology, and Logic, for almost thirty years. She has written for various publications and venues and homeschooled her own children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She enjoys gardening, coffee dates with friends, training her horse, playing piano, and – most of all – spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Quarter 1

  1.  Rhetorical Situations: Audience, Purpose, MLA Style
  2.  Essay Writing: Comparison-Contrast and Literary Analysis
  3. Platonic Myths: The Allegory of the Cave, Soul Mates, The Myth of the Winged Soul
  4. Prometheus: Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound
  5. Epic Poetry: the Gods of Homer (Athena, Poseidon, Calypso, Circe, Ino, Hermes, Zeus, Heracles, Aeolus)

Quarter 2

  1. Rhetorical Situation: Genre, Allegory, Drama
  2. Essay Writing: Personal Narrative, Comparison-Contrast, Expository
  3. Ovid’s _Metamorphoses: _Pygmalion
  4. George Bernard Shaw’s _Pygmalion _(Victorians vs. Modernists)
  5. Greek and Roman Mythology in the Arts: My Fair Lady, Iphigenia in Tauris
  6. _Til We Have Faces: a Myth Retold _by C. S. Lewis

Quarter 3

  1. Rhetorical Situation: Design, Media, APA Style
  2. Essay Writing: Journal Writing, Personal Narrative, Cause-Effect
  3. Gods of Ancient Egypt: Mythology and Warfare
  4. Gods of the Babylonian Kingdom: Exploring Origin Stories
  5. _Epic of Gilgamesh _and Genesis
  6. Gods of Assyria: Religion or Myth?
  7. Media, Talos, and Artificial Intelligence: Modern Applications of Ancient Philosophies

Quarter 4

  1. Rhetorical Situation: Style and Tone
  2. Essay Writing: Literary Analysis
  3. Mesoamerican Mythology (Mayans, Incas, Aztecs)
  4. Epic Poetry: the gods of Virgil
  5. The Aeneid
  6. Nathanial Hawthorne’s _Wonder Book _and Scarlet Letter
  7. Mythology in Literature, Film, Art, and Marketing
  8. Final Project and Exam

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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