Ancient Greek Heroes: Herakles and Theseus


Course Description

Although Herakles is famous for his strength and his labors, how well do we really know this ancient Greek hero, son of Zeus, who became a god after his death? What about his less famous exploits? Did he really kill his children? And what about Theseus, who killed the Minotaur and retrieved the Golden Fleece? What are the other stories about him? What did these heroes represent to the Greeks of the Classical era?

Which traits made them heroes in the eyes of the Greeks? What was it about their feats that made them--and has kept them--so famous? Do these heroes still represent models for us? How should we emulate them? We will consider these and other questions as we examine these characters and their deeds--good, bad, and curious--using the records that some of antiquity’s greatest writers have left to us: Apollodorus, Diodorus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plutarch, Pindar, and Apollonios, among others.


Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, January 8th 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Paul Billette, Christian Roy

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee) 

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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