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MYTH in the form of ART...MOSAICS!

This is the face of Demeter, in the form of a mosaic!

Dear Mythology Kids,I hope the selection process for your mosaic is going well. I am excited to see what your chosen subjects will be. I have included some additional images of mosaics that I did not share with you in class below. Enjoy.....

Don't forget to have your transparencies ready for Wednesday!
The mosaic art form was extremely important to the ancient Greeks, as it was a way to solidify (literally) their beliefs.

Well done on your presentations, Mythology Kids!

Dear Mythology Kids,I hope you enjoy/enjoyed (if you're reading this after Saturday) your weekend. Start thinking about the subject for your mosaic assignment. You may select any god, myth, and/or mortal we have discussed up to this point in our study of Classical Mythology. Just make sure you are passionate about the subject. Athena is my favorite god, and Antigone is my favorite mortal, so I would select between the two of them for my subject.
I think this photograph is ingenious, as it gives the audience a concept of Athena's perspective.

This is an artist's impression of Antigone with Creon. Notice the choice of colors for the two characters. This is symbolic of the strong dicotomy in their natures.

If you missed class today (Thursday, Dec. 4th), we completed the presentations on the following characters. You will have a QUIZ on MONDAY covering them.
Eris Chiron Casseopeia Andromeda Medusa Graea (Grey Witches) Your PRACTICE QUIZ is below! I will see you on Monday! 1. "I apo…

NO ONE MISSED CLASS TODAY....Tuesday, Dec. 2nd!

Dear All,
We completed presentations for the following characters today in class: Sirens/AeolusMinotaur/MinosAriadne/DionysusGraea (b1)/Medusa (b2, b4) Oh, just a reminder...if you and/or your parents are able to attend the "Student Lead Conferences" on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., I would value having the opportunity to visit with them and you. I won't be available until 4:30 p.m. See you then..... PRACTICE QUIZ 1. "Drugs, enjoy them while they last." ______________ 2. We have never known the benefits of youth. _______________ (b2, b4 only) 3. "Let's eat human kabobs for dinner. "______________ 4. I "own" a cement company. ____________ (b2, b4 only) 5. Odysseus and his crew helped themselves to my stores of cheese and milk.____________ 6. "Do you need some thread for your shoe?" ____________________ 7. "Do not eat the cattle of the sun god, Helios." _________________ 8. I will make you forget the colors of black and white. ________…

The Labors of Heracles....

Dear Mythology Kids,
I am so proud of those that presented this week; it was clear that you had done your research! I will look forward to the presentations regarding Odysseus on Tuesday.

In preparation for your quiz on Tuesday, I have included a "practice quiz" for you below. Please print a copy of it, record your answers, and then bring it to class on Tuesday. We will correct it prior to taking the official quiz. Yes, you will receive extra-credit for each question you answer correctly.

For those of you you missed class today, Friday, November 21st, we discussed the following monsters associated with Heracles. In order to be prepared for the quiz on Tuesday, I would contact a friend that is currently in Mythology, or learn more about the characters through research.
1. Cerynian Hind
2. Stymphalian Birds
3. Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes
4. Amazons (Girdle of Hippolyta)
5. Hesperides
6. Ladon
7. Nessus
8. Hebe

Practice Quiz covering "Monsters associated with Heracles"

If you missed class on Wednesday, Nov. 19th...

Your presentations began TODAY! Each group that was present submitted their handouts, and then we had presentations covering the following characters:
The Muses


Nemean Lion


Eurymanthian Boar

We will continue with the monsters and lesser gods associated with Heracles on Friday. If you missed class, then you will need to obtain the handout covering the above characters upon your return. In addition, you will need to submit your handouts to the class. DO YOUR BEST TO NOT MISS CLASS!

The Power of RESEARCH!

If you missed class on Thursday, we spent the majority of our time in the library researching the particular characters that were assigned to you on Tuesday! If you were not in class, then you need to make sure you have the following for Monday.

1. The information you are going to use for your web site must be written down on one piece of paper. The students that were present on Thursday, were given an "outline" of how they are to record their information. I would prefer that you use this; however, under the circumstance, you will not have this handout. So, use a blank sheet of paper, divide it vertically, and record the information about one character in the left column and the other character in the right column.

2. You should also select the images you want to include on your web page to help us. Please select these pictures through "Google Images," and record the URLs for each image on "your" outline. You must include the URLs in your work cited, so yo…

Welcome to the monsters and lesser gods of mythology!"

Are you caught between a Scylla and a Charybdis? Do you know what I am asking in the above question? Scylla and Charybdis are two monsters found in Greek mythology. They are located next to each other, on either side of the Strait of Messina. In The Odyssey, Odysseus must travel between these two monsters. The problem he faces is deciding which one is the "lesser of two evils." If he travels towards Scylla, she will devour six of his men, one for each of her dog-like heads, while Charybdis, a whirlpool with teeth will swallow all of them. He is faced with a difficult decision, but he realizes that choosing Scylla over Charybdis is the better of the two options. So, when you are caught between a "Scylla and a Charybdis" it means that you are caught between two difficult decisions, neither of which has a positive outcome.

This image depicts two of Scylla's six heads. She eats six of Odysseus' men.
This image depicts Odysseus traveling between the two monsters.


"The Underworld"....according to Dante

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class today, you were introduced to a new assignment entitled "Creating your own Underworld." Oh, and yes, we completed and corrected the quiz regarding Hades. Please be prepared to take the quiz covering Hades upon your return. For your underworld assignment, I have asking you to consider your value system, and then devise punishments, just as Dante has done in his Inferno, that are symbolic of the crime. I have included some images below of Dante's Inferno. This image is of the gluttonous, those that choose to overeat while others around them starved. .
This image depicts those that committed suicide. Dante felt that because they had not valued their human form while living, they would therefore be turned to trees.The following example was submitted several years ago by a previous student. He placed those that COMPLAIN at the top of his Inferno. I have included this example for you to follow. Notice that you must indicate the sin, w…

If you missed class on Monday, November 3rd....

I think this picture of Charon and a "guest" is so appropriate. The shade holds several coins in her hands while Charon obtains one from her mouth; she was clearly aware of the need for preparation.

Imagine the nature of your dreams if they were sent to you by "this" Morpheus!
Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class today, we completed the following:
1. We watched a video regarding Hades. 2. We completed a quiz regarding the myth entitled "Orpheus and Eurydice" 3. We reviewed some of the errors within your Nature Myths. 4. Nature Myths were returns to their "owners."
HOMEWORK: 1. Your "Nature Myth Revisions" are due on Tuesday, November 11th. 2. Your quiz covering Hades will take place on Wednesday. 3. DO NOT MISS CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, as you will be receiving the explanation for your "Underworld" assignment.
PREPARATIONS FOR YOUR "HADES" QUIZ: 1. Please review the four significant sinners (Tantalus, Sisyphus, Danaids, Ix…

If you missed class on Thursday, October 30th....

If I were to ask you to envision Hades, especially now that we have discussed its varying aspects, how would you describe it? This picture is an artist's concept of the entrance to Hades. He clearly DO NOT know Hades as well as he should. Remember that only a part of Hades was Saturnine, and that of course was Tartarus.

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class on Thursday, October 30th, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received a red handout, which we completed together. Several overheads were shared with you in relationship to the areas we discussed. I have attempted to include some of the images for you here.
HOMEWORK: 1. Please read the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" located on pg. 107 in your textbook. This myth illustrates how just Hades was concerning those that entered his domain. 2. Please read the myth of the "Danaids" located on pg. 295 in your textbook. This myth pertains to one group of sinners within Hades. 3. Please read &q…

"Luck favors the mind that is prepared."

Hello, Mythology Students,
The above quote is by Louis Pasteur. If you aren't familiar with Pasteur he was the French scientist credited with identifying the science of Microbiology. He also discovered a cure for Rabies. He clearly was a clever gentleman, and I would agree that his quote has merit!
How prepared are you for your exam? I hope that you have made the choice to complete your review and now you are looking at the example questions that I have included on the blog. If so I am proud of you. I have no doubt that you will be successful on the test. I will look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Good luck on the following set of images.
1. What is being depicted in this ancient sketch. You should mention the male and female by name.
2. Identify this lovely lady. The fruit she is holding is a strong clue as to her identity. 3. What is taking place in this sketch. In your response, you will need to iden…

Included below are your second examples of images.....

Dear Mythology Kids,
How are you doing with your test preparation? Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you. I have included your second "batch" of images below. Again, the questions associated with each one are located beneath the image.1. Identify this character. Explain why he is in this unfortunate circumstance.

2. Identify this god (Greek and Roman names, please.)
3. Don't you think this is a fabulous stamp! You are familiar with the character on the right of the stamp; please identify him. The other character's name is Marsays, and we have not yet extensively discussed him.
4. Here is another image of who I am going to be for Halloween. Identify this character, and then explain her story. You should mention two gods in your response, one is a male the other female.
5. Please explain the creation of the horse. This horse does not have wings. You should mention two gods in your response.
MORE TO COME.........