Study questions for Platus Amphitruo:
1. How, other than being a drama, is the Amphitruo similar to the Greek tragedies we read earlier?
2. Along the same lines, if the Amphitruo were a tragedy how would it be different?
3. What does the Amphitruo tell us about the place of the Greek mythological tradition in the Rome of Plautus day?
1. Judging from the excerpt you have read, what was the purpose of Apollodoros Library?
2. What is the Librarys relation to the literary tradition we have been studying?
3. Are Hyginus Tales literature? If they arent, what are they?
And now, at the end of the semester, more generally:
1. Beyond the simple stories, what is Greco-Roman mythology?
2. What is the the Greco-Roman mythological tradition?
3. How does the Greco-Roman mythological tradition change over the time we have studied it?
4. Why is it important that all these stories are set in the past? What does this tell us about Greco-Roman mythology? About the Greco-Roman mythological tradition? About the Greeks? about the Romans?
5. In a sentence or two, how is mythology used in Greek and Roman literature?