Monday, February 6, 2012

Back from Lemnos--Humanities Blog Revives

Assignments for the Week of February 6--10

Philoctetes:  Oh, my aching foot!
Monday:  Finish the Thermopylae Test on Chapters 4 and 5

Begin Reading  Prometheus Bound.  This will enable us to complete all 3 volumes of Greek Tragedies.

Read the following for Homework:  Essay--"Tragedy and Comedy"
                                                       Thermopylae, Chapters 6, 7 & 8

Tuesday:  Test Over Thermopylae, Chapters 6, 7, & 8.

Finish Reading Prometheus Bound.

Classwork and Homework on Greek Tragedies

Wednesday:  A Test to Overshadow All Tests Over Greek Tragedies

Continue with the Film:  300 Spartans

Reading:  Chapters 9--11 of Thermopylae

Thursday:  Test Over Chapters 9--11 of Thermopylae


Homework:  Write the Tragedies Paper, Step 1--The 3 Paragraphs

Friday:  In-Class Peer Reviews of THE TRAGEDIES PAPER

Continue (finish) 300 Spartans

Instructions for THE TRAGEDIES PAPER
Decide which 3 Tragedies are your favorites.
Rank them--from 3rd to 1st
Decide what factors make a tragedy a favorite
  • Heroic characters
  • Feminine characters
  • Surprise endings
  • Sin or Forgiveness
  • Struggling against Fate
  • Human flaws
  • or whatever else you can think of.
Write a paragraph on each of the three plays you chose, using the factors you chose.

"The Greeks present a picture of their culture and say, this is the way it is--thsi is what we value, this is what makes us who we are, this is who is included, who excluded--and then blast the entire conglomeration to pieces.  What is most often misunderstood about Classical literature is that almost all of it was composed as a critique of Greek society and the very values that allowed it to flourish.  The most important legacy of the Greeks and Romans is this uniquely Western urge to pick apart everything--every insitution, tradition, individual. Only in this manner do ideas change at all--and only in this way does an author find any credibility with the reading or listening audience."
Victor Davis Hansen and John Heath, Who Killed Homer?