Mythology Norse & Egyptian

This 30 week 1 ½ hour class will involve lively discussion, fascinating stories, and the study of root words still commonly referenced today.  In addition to reading relevant texts (D’Aulaires books of Norse and Greek Myths; The Arabian Nights; The Iliad; The Odyssey; etc. ) we will compare and contrast current vs. historic geography.  Gaining an understanding of how religious beliefs shape cultural will broaden student’s understanding of overall historical context and societies within. 

Mythology B will focus on Norse, Celtic and Egyptian Myths.

The first semester we will roughly follow Harvard’s Scandinavia 150 Course outline and reading list. 

Second semester we will (again, roughly) follow Brown University’s Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic: Egypt 1420

First semester students will read:

  • Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • (Excerpts from) Mythology by Matt Clayton

Internet access is required.  Students should also have consistent access to maps online or otherwise.  Homework time will vary depending on students reading speed and depth to which they study the materials.  Students can expect to spend somewhere in the rage of 90 minutes to 3 hours weekly on average to complete homework, additional research, and reading assignments.

Class time will be spent on discussion*, comprehension*, instruction, activities and twice yearly presentations.  Students should bring a binder with dividers, paper, and texts to class.

Homework may be found on Schoology and will include: handouts (virtual and otherwise), assignments from workbook (when applicable), reading*, and quizzes.

Tests and quizzes will cover people, places/geography, reading comprehension, interpretation, and vocabulary.

Students my option out of tests and quizzes by choosing to write an essay on a provided topic. 

*Primary focus

Presentations:  25% of student grade will come from two presentations (one each semester).  Students will choose an aspect of the course material and bring it to life for their fellow classmates.  They may use any medium they deem worthy to complete this assignment: power point presentation, diorama, poster board presentation, speech, essay, etc. 

Some optional, but more technical, reading will be assigned from the following texts:

**A detailed recap of information discussed in these passages will be provided in class as the reading level of the below books is advanced (college level).  Required readings will be more approachable in nature.

First Semester

  • The Poetic Edda. Transl. Carolyne Larrington. Oxford World’s Classics (ISBN-10: 0199538387/ ISBN-13: 978-0199538386). [Kindle price: $9]
  • Edda by Snorri Sturluson. Transl. Anthony Faulkes. Everyman’s Library (ISBN-10: 0460876163; ISBN-13: 978-0460876162). [Kindle price: $3]
  • Winroth, Anders. The Age of the Vikings. Princeton University Press (ISBN-10: 0691149852; ISBN-13: 978-0691149851). [Kindle price: $16]
  • Haywood, John. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings. Penguin Books (ISBN 978-0140513288). [Paperback price: $13]

Second Semester:

  • Henri Frankfort, Ancient Egyptian Religion
  • Jan Assmann, The Search for God in Ancient Egypt
  • Erik Hornung, Akhenaten and the Religion of Light.


Time: 12:55-2:25
Grade: Grades 6-10
Class Fees: $365
Supply fee: $115
(Supply fee includes all required texts )
Tutor: Candace Fortino

Please note: Mature subjects will be broached during this course.  We will try to keep it Pg13, but some of the behavior of the gods was quite scandalous and there is really no way around that. 

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.