Overview of Course Materials

Northern Virginia Community College
Extended Learning Institute
Course Developer: Dr. Diane Thompson


  Overview of Course Materials

NOTE: I have identified free online versions of most of the required and optional readings, so it should be possible to complete this course without buying the¬†textbook set.  However, the translations online are old and not nearly as readable as the ones in the textbooks. So, unless money is a BIG problem, I encourage you to buy the textbook set. It is wonderful and you almost certainly will want to keep it for many years.

 Also check out the WWW links at the bottom of this page for access to various free online versions of many of the stories and poems and related interesting material.

Units Reading Materials
Textbook Study Guide eText Annenberg Video Activities
Unit 1 Gilgamesh and Genesis from the Hebrew Bible Gilgamesh Study Guide
Gilgamesh Video

Hebrew Bible Study Guide

The Epic of Gilgamesh: etext translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs.
The Epic of Gilgamesh etext translated by Nancy Sanders. This version goes all the way to the death of Gilgamesh.

Genesis: etext from the Hebrew Bible

Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with Professor Christine Hayes. A wonderful free ecourse from Yale.

The Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh Activities

Gilgamesh / Bible Activities

Unit 2 Homer's Odyssey and a Greek Drama OR see Options in the row below. Homer Study Guide
the Homer Video

Greek Drama Study Guide
Greek Drama Video

Troy Web Site: Homer: links to etexts of Homer

MIT Internet Classics: Select etexts of dramas from Aeschylus, Euripides and/or  Sophocles

The Odyssey

The Bacchae

Odyssey Activities

Greek Drama Activities

Unit 2 Options Aeneid and/or
Ramayana and/or Bhagavad Gita
Virgil Study Guide
the Virgil Video
Virgil: etext of the Aeneid

The Sermon on the Mount etext

Bhagavad-Gita: etexts in many languages

The Ramayana: etext and background

Bhagavad Gita Aeneid Activities

Aeneid / Indian Epic Activities

Unit 3 The Song of Roland and The Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights) Roland Study Guide
the Roland Video

Nights Study Guide
the Arabian Nights Video

Roland etext (trans. Moncreiff)

Roland etext (trans. Crossland)

Arabian Nights etext

English Text of the Koran

The Thousand and One Nights Roland Activities

Nights Activities

Unit 4 Courtly Love and Dante's Inferno with Popul Vuh Option Courtly Love Study Guide
the Courtly Love Video

Inferno Study Guide
the Inferno Video

Eliduc, Lanval, Laustic: by Marie de France; etexts
Decameron: by Boccaccio; etext
The Story of Ying Ying: etext
The Art of Courtly Love: etext

Dante's Inferno etexts

The Popol Vuh: an etext; translated by Lewis Spence

Popul Vuh Courtly Love Activities

Inferno / Popol Vuh Activities


  Library and Other Resources

TV Center (for course videos)

NVCC Libraries


How to Write a Literary Comparison (by A. Taormina) (sign in with your NOVA student ID)


  Interesting WWW Links for Each Unit


© Diane Thompson: 8/13/1998; last updated: 7/30/2018