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by Jessica Mellenthin and Susan O. Shapiro
This online textbook contains short articles on each major deity, hero, monster, etc., in Greek mythology. The text is supplemented with color photographs and maps to enhance the learning experience.
by E. M. Berens
“It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the importance of the study of Mythology: our poems, our novels, and even our daily journals teem with classical allusions; nor can a visit to our art galleries and museums be fully enjoyed without something more than a mere superficial knowledge of a subject which has in all ages inspired painters, sculptors, and poets. It therefore only remains for me to express a hope that my little work may prove useful, not only to teachers and scholars, but also to a large class of general readers, who, in whiling away a leisure hour, may derive some pleasure and profit from its perusal.”
Supplementary material: Welcome to the Theoi Project, a site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.
by Ryan P. Johnson
“Topics covered include ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the rise of Christianity, the Middle Ages, the emergence of Islam, and the Renaissance.”
by Donald Kagan
"This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars." Videos and course materials available.
by Nancy L. Thompson
"This fully illustrated resource...includes a discussion of the relevance of Rome to the modern world, a short historical overview, and descriptions of forty-five works of art from The Met collection of Roman art. Lesson plans, classroom activities, maps, bibliographies, and a glossary are also included."
by B. Frischer, B. Harris, & S. Zucker
Video depicting ancient Rome in virtual reality; This art history video discussion examines a project between Khan Academy and Rome Reborn - with Dr. Bernard Frischer.
by Lumen learning
Online text and course comprised of 12 modules. Topics include ancient Greece, early Roman civilization, Roman empire, ancient Egypt, and more.
by M. Norris, C. Picón, J. Mertens, E. Milleker, S. Hemingway, & C. Lightfoot
"This publication is designed not only to introduce The Met collection of Greek art, but also to provide a general grounding in ancient Greek culture, from the prehistoric period to the end of the Classical age."
by Kevin T. Glowacki
"THE ANCIENT CITY OF ATHENS is a photographic archive of the archaeological and architectural remains of ancient Athens (Greece). It is intended primarily as a resource for students of classical art & archaeology, civilization, languages, and history…."
Edited by L. Getty, K. Kwon, R. Kelley, & D. Thomson
"This anthology comprises of three comprehensive collections that provide samples of literature from around the world and across the ages, ranging from some of oldest tales that have survived into modernity to works from the 1650s. These texts provide an opportunity for readers to engage in extensive analysis of the works themselves and the societies that influenced and were influenced by them."
by Lumen Learning
"Examines major British texts from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 18th century, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of the British literary tradition. Involves critical reading and writing."
by Sybil Priebe
"Most creative writing textbooks cover the "big guys" of literature: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. This textbook is different in two ways, then, because not only does it attempt to cover MORE genres, but it is also a free textbook. This has just been updated to include MORE accessibility AND Creative Commons licenses that are more in harmony than the previous versions."
by MITOpen Courseware
"This course introduces the practice and theory of literary criticism. The seminar focuses on topics such as the history of critical methods and techniques, and the continuity of certain subjects in literary history. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication is a major component of the course. Other components include theory and use of figurative language and reading poetry."
Edited by K. Hodgson, J. Shelton, & A. Smith
The canon of Russian poetry has been reshaped since the fall of the Soviet Union. A multi-authored study of changing cultural memory and identity, this revisionary work charts Russia’s shifting relationship to its own literature in the face of social upheaval.
by MIT OpenCourseware
This course is an intermediate subject designed to help students gradually build an in-depth understanding of France. The course focuses on French attitudes and values regarding education, work, family and institutions, and deals with the differing notions that underlie interpersonal interactions and communication styles, such as politeness, friendship and formality…. This course is recommended for students planning to study and work in France and is taught in French.
by E. Berger, G. L. Israel, C. Miller, B. Parkinson, A. Reeves, & N. Williams
"World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advanced degrees in History, this textbook offers an up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia."
by Jack E. Maxfield
"The structure of the work is innovative. Each chapter covers a period of historical time (e.g. a century). Sections within chapters describe what was going on in every geographical region of the world; each section provides a reference for that region in the subsequent chapter, i.e. in the next time period. The reader can thus get a snapshot of the entire world at a point in time by reading one chapter, or can follow the history of a region through time by linking to sections in successive chapters."
by Lumen Learning
Topics span ancient civilizations through the 21st century.
by S. O'Sullivan & P. Pecorino
Topics include moral development, relativism, ethical theories, teleological theories, deontological theories, etc.
Published by Rebus Community
"We often make judgments about good and bad, right and wrong. Philosophical ethics is the critical examination of these and other concepts central to how we evaluate our own and each others' behavior and choices. This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on these topics that have developed over the last couple of millenia, mostly within the Western cultural tradition."