Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Dear Mythology kids,
1.If you missed class, each student was given a character from THE ILIAD to research . I gave everyone a credible source, and then the homework was to annotate/notate the given source for the following question :WHY IS MY CHARACTER IMPORTANT TO THE ILIAD? In addition, students were asked to locate an additiona source . I offered Encyclopedia Mythica or "Importance of _____________ (insert character's name) to THE ILIAD.  THIS IS DUE ON MONDAY.

Cameron and Quin.....You both are in the "Hector" group. Logan and Colton were both in class, so you could easily asked them to take a picture of the reading that I gave them. Make sure you have an additional source regarding Hector's importance to THE ILIAD. Both need to be annotated and notated by Monday.

2. We then started with the introductory information regarding Troy. YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ COVERING THE INFORMATION ON MONDAY!

YOU HAVE THE HANDOUT IN YOUR NOTEBOOK. It is white and located in the handout section. It is entitled "Background Information/Trojan History."

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

Your FINAL exam!

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