Mythology Students Get Creative

This summer’s Classical Mythology (CLST4) students were given the option of doing a creative project to complete the class. Some students learned new skills, while others drew from experience, always in order to put a new, original spin on what they had learned about ancient Greek and Roman myths in the class.We are showcasing here the projects of all students who agreed to be included in the exhibit. This online exhibit has a counterpart in an offline exhibit in the Classics Department Library in Reed Hall 322. Please come take a look!

Zachary Wang used his Greek language and creative writing skills to write a prose narrative about Hecale, who hosted the hero Theseus on his travels, based on the fragments of Callimachus’ Hecale. PDF iconzach.hecale.clst_4_final_project1.pdf

Kerrigan Quenemoen & Adam Riegler put together a virtual museum exhibit about ancient ideas about the afterlife, drawing on Greek and Roman artistic representations of death. The virtual exhibit is set near Dartmouth, with the Connecticut river functioning as the river Styx…

Amy Frenkel & Nate Gallagher combined their love of modern reality TV with their interest in ancient Greek myth. They argue that reality TV now fulfills several of the same functions as mythological narratives did in antiquity. To illustrate this they made a short ‘Real Housewives of Olympus’-episode about the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades.
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Albert Chen found that making papyrus from papyrus plant is much, much harder than you might expect, and opted to recreate the process using heavy paper instead. Drawing our attention to the fact that some ancient mythological narratives survive primarily or even exclusively thanks to papyrus finds, he wrote a translation of Sophocles’ Ichneutai on his finished papyrus.

Eileen Zhang & Hengwang Lyu brought together ancient Greek myth and Chinese shadow puppetry. Inspired by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus they recreated this iconic image by cutting out a Venus with her shell, making a silk screen, and projecting the puppet with a light - for which an iPhone turned out to be best!

Emma Sampugnaro was inspired by book 6 from the Aeneid, where Aeneas visits the underworld to talk with his father Anchises, meeting many future Roman leaders along the way.  In her ‘Dartmouth Katabasis’ Aeneas is instead a young student who goes to seek his father in the land of alumni… PDF icondartmouth_katabasis1.pdf

April Johnson & Neca Chinchilla collaborated on a computer game, centered around the character of Petrina, and featuring several Greek gods. All the game’s characters were drawn by April, who took inspiration from the classical iconography we studied in class, while Neca designed and programmed the game. You can download the game here:

Hailey Scherer wrote a science fiction story inspired by Hesiod’s Theogony, in which she reimagines the Greek deities as hyper intelligent and extremely power hungry artificial intelligence systems. PDF iconscherer_final_creative_project_story.pdf

Emmanuel Howze-Warkie sang an aria, dressed up as Jupiter, from Händel’s oratorio Semele. Händel was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, where the sad story of Semele’s doomed love for the god is told. Esther Oluokun took on Semele’s role.

Jordyn Fitch wanted to make a documentary about the thoughts and ideas of Dartmouth students about classical mythology, but after numerous setbacks, made an autobiographical video about her own views of myth instead. You can watch it here:

Esther Oluokun and Isaiah Swann, both student athletes, saw a connection between their pre-game rituals, and the opening invocation of Ancient Greek hymns to the gods, for instance to the goddess Nike. Based on this connection they made a short 'ode' to the modern Nike, drawing on their experience as athletes, and, in Esther's case, filming and editing. You can watch the clip here (please copy and paste the link only):