Tuesday, August 26, 2008

If you missed class on Monday, August 25th, 2008

Hi guys,

If you missed class on Monday, you will need to return to pages 65-69 in your textbook. We reveiwed the map of ancient Greece, and then we continued and completed the flow chart of "The Creation Myth." This is an extensive story; one full of unusual characters and unfortunate events. I am working on putting the handouts on the blog, but due to being a novice at this, you'll need to be patient with me. Therefore, when you miss class, you must communicate with one of your peers to obtain ALL the information that you missed.

We discussed the rule of URANUS (such an unfortunate name) and his tyrannical approach toward his children.
Remember that he imprisons his first two sets of children, the 100 handed ones and the cyclopes within the belly of their mother, Gaea. The TITANS, his third group of children, do not meet this unfortunate fate at this point in the myth. Gaea becomes so irrate regarding her husband's treatment of their children that she decides Uranus must be destroyed.So, she proposes a question of her younger children, the Titans. "Which one of you would be willing to kill your father?" The youngest Titan, Cronus, answers with, "I will kill father for you, Mother."

So, Gaea gives Cronus a Scythe , at which point he castrates his father, and throws the "members" into the sea or rather Pontus, the personification of the sea. From that union of sexual organs and water a lovely goddess is born........APHRODITE, the goddess of love and sexual desire.

more to come...experiencing technical difficulties...stay tuned.