Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Your homework for Monday is to complete your "Mythology in Literature" assignment which was explained Tuesday. Again, if you were absent, please visit with someone from class. You will also have a quiz on Monday, where you will be asked to identify references and allusions to mythology found in several pieces of poetry. I gave everyone who was in class on Thursday, a copy of the "practice quiz," as I won't have time to post it here due to leaving for California this evening. You are welcome to call someone in class and have them give you the questions over the phone. To prepare for the "official" quiz, you should review the following characters: Fates, Prometheus, Aphrodite, Muses, Cupid, Demeter, Persephone, Pegasus, Graea, Chiron, Creation Myth, and the Greek Underworld.
I will look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
where Theseus was held captive and where he destroyed the Minotaur. From this perspective it clearly looks like a labyrinth.
The Minoans were peaceful and gifted aesthetically. They valued the use of color in their artwork. This fresco depicts a Minoan youth.
We also know that they valued nature, especially aspects associated with the sea, as
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Athena coming to assist our hero.
The "death" of Medusa. Can you identify what is incorrect with this piece of artwork?
Practice Quiz: Identify who is being referenced or alluded to in the colored text for questions 2-9. Respond to the questions located below the quoted text. Some explanation may be required. (16 questions, each worth 1/2 point, so your total could be 8 extra-credit points)
1. Identify what is incorrect in the above sculpture.
2. "As she sat there through the long days and hours with nothing to do, nothing to see except the clouds moving by overhead, a mysterious event took place."
a. Identify the "she." ____________________
b. Why would "she" have "nothing to do?" Explain this to me......
c. What is the "mysterious event" that took place?
3. "In that strange boat, she sat with her little son. The daylight faded and she was alone on the sea."
a. Explain why this "boat" is "strange."
b. Identify the "little son."
4. "He probably told him that he would rather have the head of one of them than anything else in the world."
a. Identify the "he."
b. Who is being referenced with "head of one of them."
c. Why is this conversation taking place?
5."This radiant personage told him that before he attacked, he must be properly equipped, and that what he needed was in the possession of the Nymphs of the North."
a. Identify the "radiant personage."
6. "These women dwelt in land where all was dim and shrouded in light."
a. Identify the "women."
7. "Another deity was at hand to help. She took off the shield of polished bronze that covered her chest and handed it to him."
a. Identify the "deity" and "she."
b. What is the "shield of polished bronze called?"
c. Why is it so important for our hero to receive this gift?
8. "He found a lovely maiden had been given up to be devoured by a horrible sea serpent."
a. Identify the "lovely maiden."
9. "An absolute certain way in those day to draw down on one a wretched fate was to claim superiority in anything over a deity."
a. Explain this quote to me. Who is being punished and for what purpose?