Well thought out well presented. I feel I have gained a very knowledgeable and thorough understanding of both Greek and Roman mythology and their historical gods and goddesses from taking this course.
I loved this course. It covers material that is generally available to those who can afford an expensive private education. It was a great way to keep myself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown.
von Kimberly R•
It was an excellent course - the only thing that made me give it 4 stars instead of 5 was that the course said there was no required readings, yet the quizzes referred to things that were NOT in the lectures, so must have been in the "suggested" readings. If you're not going to require particular texts/readings (and not provide the whole text either), then those questions should NOT be in the quizzes either! Otherwise, it was a delightful course and really interesting and informative to take!
von Fabio C•
The course tried to cover so much material in so little time that the professor did a masterful job ,planting the seeds of curiosity and opening up a glorious world full of Myth, enchantment and rich literature.
The only important comment I have to make was that he missed for several decades the opening of the Coliseum ( about 80 AD) when he said that Ovid had lived during that era ( Ovid died in 17 or 18 AD), he even had a picture of the Coliseum in the background to illustrate.
I have been interested in Greek and Roman Mythology, but was only familiar with the intriguing stories and never realized that we could actually integrate different tools of analysis into our reading. The beginning lectures were easy as they start from well-known stories. As we continue, however, we should be very careful since we have to know different poets, some of whom are not so familiar. Anyway, this is the first course I select. I finished and benefited a lot.
von Griffin E•
It's not perfect, but I still took a ton of notes just because some of the material is so interesting. I wanted to learn about Mythology and definitely have a much better understanding of it and I loved the stories as well. While I think some lectures are a little longer and irrelevant than they need to be, Professor Struck does a great job overall and I'm definitely thankful he put all the time and effort in to make this informative and entertaining course.
von Christina L•
It was very interesting to delve into all the concepts of mythology. My only complaint was that there were many mispronounciations of Greek words and it would have been a nice touch if this was looked into beforehand. For example, "Nostoi" would be pronounced "Nosti", as OI in Greek is read like an I, among other specific nuances. Other than that thank you for the experience. Will definitely dwelve deeper into both Greek and Roman mythology from here on.
The course is interesting, but Professor rhitoric skills are not good. He stumbles over his words, repeats his words, and doesn't have a structure of lessons, jumping from thought to thought. It's difficult to listen to him.
Nevertheless, I like Professor's enthusiasm and I like Greek and Roman Mythology. Professor makes me look at the myths from a different point of view. It's amazing! I hope I will finish this course, which I took for my pleasure.
von Sindhura B•
This course is a wonderful introduction to greek and roman mythology. I was always interested in knowing more about it, but didn't know where to start. The suggested reads in the course are a good starting point. I learnt a lot and got lots of pointers to read more. And most of the course was really fun.
One suggestion I have though is to reduce the number of lectures, and make the content a bit more succinct.
von Ong J Y J•
I highly recommend this course! The course is great even for beginners who have no basics about this field. I really enjoyed the first few weeks the most as Peter Struck's retelling of Odyssey was so good, it actually got me on the edge of my seat. He is also great is analysing the philosophy of mythology so you understand why myths are the way they are so you that you can appreciate them better.
von Jonathan G•
Interesting course. However, I don't believe it covers everything that needed to be taught. You can easily read the Iliad and other ancient Greek books, but you don't need to be quizzed on it. It would make more sense if this course was about votive offerings and polytheistic worship. Much like a world religions course! If it covered Olympianism and its practices it would've made more sense
von María H R R•
Me gustó porque el maestro explicaba de una forma interesante cada tema a tratar y sí logró generarme una curiosidad hacia toda esta mitología que es muy interesante;pero lo que no me gustó es que no se trataran algunos aspectos importantes de cada historia o mito y en dos o tres ocasiones no hubo subtítulos en español.
Fuera de eso,se me hizo muy interesante y lo recomendaría totalmente.
von Alejandra C R•
Excellent course. The professor is a Master in the theme. He is also very communicative and funny! The problem is that the course is like a class, and online course should include more media resources available in order to be more "interactive". I confess that I already taken the first week. So, I hope that it will change.
Thank you for letting me take this course, I am learning a lot!
von Lata S P•
Enjoyed the course thoroughly. Got to know about many new things and also learnt about how to see mythology from theories point of view. Many thanks to Peter Struk for designing an informative, engaging course. I would be interested if you have any further course just on 'Mythologies and various theories'. Many thanks to the University of Pennsylvania.
von Ivelina M•
It requires some more time then other courses on the website. And it sometimes it's hard to follow the teacher on all videos (they are longish). But I like the subject a lot and it is nice to have it explained by someone who has a deep understanding of it.
If you think the videos are too long, try increasing the playback speed. It worked for me!
von Sanya K•
Astounding teaching by Mr. Struck, he really striked different chords of myths to help us understand its core, which is really helpful. This quarantine period was made fruitful by this course. I wish it included Homer's Iliad as well, so we could get a better understanding of the same. Still, this course manages to be a brilliant one!!
von Evangelia B•
Nice course, just needs more video-included notes because we don't always watch the lectures online so that we can't always see the subtitles. And even if the changing questions when we retake the test are great cause they make us be more focused during the lecture, they were sometimes "too much".
Really enjoyed this course, thank you.
von Rory W•
This was a nice course. It's definitely a good intro into some classics if you haven't read them yet. I found that I didn't always agree with Professor Struck's interpretations or his choice toolsets, but that is okay as It's good to hear different view points. His lectures are well spoken and one can learn a lot from him.
von Marla S•
I really enjoyed the course. It assumed that I knew more about mythology than I did. Dr. Struck talks fast, but the notes are always available. He is very knowledgeable. I did not like that the quizzes have a lot of double negatives. That gets confusing. Overall, I learned so much and really enjoyed the course.
von Le-Zaan V D W•
Definitely the most interesting course I've taken to date. I would say there were some parts where I was lost a little when it came to the quiz at the end of each week. Things that might have been mentioned in the writings of the Poets instead of what was mentioned in the actual course (which is understandable)
von Youssef S•
A very good effort from Prof Struck, many thanks for that
I felt that the amount of material discussed is huge to the space provided by the coarse that is true to many of us who do not have prior knowledge to the topic. Nerveless the time and the effort put into this rather long course is much appreciated
von Jill B V•
Overall, really interesting. As this was my first online course I found it frustrating not to be able to interact with the Prof . Quiz questions answers are sometimes debatable. And one has to be careful when selecting the answer on the Quiz that the blue dot actually stays on the selected answer.
von Sebastian H•
Quite interesting course, learned a lot about the motivations of the Greek and Roman poets, and their relations to myths. For example, before this course I did not realize that myths tells us a lot about the beliefs are values of the Greeks and Romans. Thanks for the opportunity to follow this course!
von Joshua M•
The only thing I would change is to make this just focus on Greek Mythology. I love Roman mythology, but if we're going to work on Greek for 8 weeks, then Roman for 2, it's hard to just get into a whole different Mythology for a brief time. I think it would be best to give 10 weeks to both (or more)!
von Layla C•
I really enjoyed how flexible this course was and how you were also able to voice your own opinions and read others. I would fully recommend this to a friend as it has certainly widened my knowledge on history and even a bit of archaeology which will hopefully prepare me for university.
von erkin g•
I must say I have larned a lot through the course, but the lectures could be prepared more professionally. Anyhow I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in mythology. It is really fun and learningfull when you read the books in parallel to classes.
von Krystina M•
The lectures were interesting and well-presented. Some of the questions in the quizzes assumed that the students had read material that was not required reading which was frustrating. That said, I learned a lot and will be be reading more about mythology.