Friday, January 22, 2016

Iliad Introduction/ January 19th, 2016 AND January 21st, 2016

Dear Mythology Kids,

Dear Mythology Kids,
1. We completed the sections concerning the introductory material you received on Wednesday. PLEASE make sure you communicate with someone else in class, as the information was on the QUIZ I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the following points. You may receive extra-credit if you go through and summarize each of the following sections.
  • Ilium
  • Acheans
  • "Sign of Homer's greatness"
  • Apple of Discord
  • Judgement of Paris
  • Nine Cities
  • Schielmann's Trench
  • epic

2. Each student received a character from The Iliad to research for Monday. I gave each student information covering his/her particular character. In addition, each student was asked to locate an additional source regarding the character. Both the source that I gave, and the one that students will locate on their own, must be annotated/notated/10/page/ you select the colors/ for MONDAY!

The following students were absent. I have included the characters that you need to research. Please stop by my room, so I can give you the additional source BEFORE MONDAY! If you don't stop by, then MAKE SURE you have an internet source regarding your character. IT NEEDS TO BE ANNOTATED/NOTATED for the following question: WHAT ROLE DOES MY CHARACTER PLAN WITHIN THE ILIAD?

B1 Morgan....Achilles
B4 Cameron,,,,,Cassandra
B4 Kiana.....Clytemnestra.












AJAX (greater)

AJAX (lesser)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Dear Mythology Students,
Today you were introduced to THE ILIAD!

Students were given several handouts and a homework assignment for annotation. If you missed class, please stop by prior to Friday, so you can obtain the information!

This is one of the handouts that each student received during class. Please print it off as a word document and place it in the "handout" section of your notebook.

What is an epic?

The Iliad is about:



The Odyssey is about:

Did the Trojan War actually take place and what was the cause?

Who discovered the ancient city of Troy?

“Road Map:”

“Schliemann's scar:”

Using a well read copy of The Iliad as his reference guide, Scheilmann chose a spot on the Asian 

coast of Turkey called the Mound of Hissarlik, and began digging for the famous city of Troy. In the course of four years, he uncovered nine successive cities built on top of each other. 

 The sixth city he declared the “City of Troy,” or as Schliemann called it the “Burnt City.” Later archaeologists through carbon dating and additional archaeological discoveries, proved that Schliemann's choice was accurate. What was once thought to be myth had been proven historically correct.

What we know about Homer.....

Many scholars have asked the question, “Were the epic poems of The Iliad and The Odyssey written by one poet or were they collective efforts on the part of several poets?” We will never know the answer to this question. Most scholars agree that “a Homer” existed, that he lived in the 8th or 9th century B.C., and that he was a well-known poet. Some references to Homer indicate that he was blind, which has been interpreted as a “sign of his greatness.” We know that Homer had a strong command of the written language, and that at one point he could see. His love for beauty and gory details are too advanced, especially for someone who might have been blind his entire life. He lived about 500 years after the events at Troy; therefore, the story he told was not original with him, but had been passed down in the oral tradition of the times.

Allow me to share two excerpts from The Iliad with you.

“...the spear of bronze went through

Below the brain and shattered the white bones,

Dashed out his teeth, and filled his eyes with blood;

And blood he spurted gaping through his mouth

And nose; and death's dark cloud encompassed him.”

Book XVI, lines 345-350

“Then answered Hector of the flashing helm,

His strength all gone: 'I beg thee by my life,

Thy knees, thy parents, leave me not for dogs

Of the Acheans by the ship to eat,

But rather take abundant stores of bronze and gold-

My king and queenly mother will give it thee-

And render back my body to my home,

So that the Trojans and the Trojans' wives

May give me due meed of fire in death.'

But scowling at him swift Achilles said,

“Do not entreat me, dog, by knees or parents ,

I only wish I had the heart and will

To hack the flesh off thee and eat it raw......”

Book XXII, lines 317-330

2. Students were then introduced to Henrik Scheilmann, the amateur archeologist who discovered Troy. Again, if you missed class, please obtain this information from a peer, or from the internet.
1.  Read the section entitled "The Trojan War." Annotate and notate the first page with 10 annotations/notations and the back with 7 annotations/notations. You are welcome to use all your colors! This is due for you on FRIDAY!

Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids, It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please ...