December 21 2016

“With the death of Hector’s son, Troy’s last sacrifice was accomplished. The women waiting for the ships watched the end.”

 

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Read pp.201-210 in Hamilton and pp. 181-187 in Bulfinch’s Mythology.

Then, describe the conclusion of the Trojan War.  What atrocities were committed?  What can we learn from these events?  How do they shape our understanding of the culture from which these tales arise?  Use ample text-based details to support your opinions.

As always follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling in your writing.  Also, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #6

 

December 20 2016

“Achilles…relented so far as to grant Patroclus his request to lead the Myrmidons…to the field, and to lend him his armor, that he might thereby strike more terror into the minds of the Trojans.”

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Thetis Receiving the Weapons of Achilles from Hephaestus is a 1630-32 painting by the Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck.

First, read pp. 197-200 in Hamilton and read  pp. 174-181 in Bulfinch’s  Mythology.

Then, discuss the roles of Achilles, Patroclus, and Hector in battle and how these characters affect events as they unfold toward the end of “The Trojan War.”  Be sure to use many text-based details to support your answer.  In addition, please feel free to address any other issues of characterization, plot, theme, or motif and symbolism that may be interesting.

As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation.  Also, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #5
December 19 2016

“Go take my armor, my men too, and defend the ships. I cannot go. I am a man dishonored.”

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First, read from the bottom of  p. 186 – the top of p. 197 in Hamilton  and then read p. 171 – to the  bottom of 174 in Bulfinch’s Mythology.

Then, discuss the Trojan War up to the point where Patroclus takes Achilles’ armor.  What interesting plot developments, characterization, themes and motifs, etc., strike you as interesting or illuminating?

As always,  please be sure to follow the rules of standard English grammar.  Also, please don’t forget to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #4
December 16 2016

That was the Judgment of Paris, famed everywhere as the real reason why the Trojan War was fought.

The Judgement of Paris | Greco-Roman mosaic from Antioch C2nd A.D. | Musée du Louvre, Paris

The story of the judgment of Paris, which you have read in Hamilton and Bulfinch, is one of the most important in all of Homer. (Homer the great epic poet, not our friend Homer Simpson.)

What is this story? What is the significance of the story to the rest of this epic, to history, to art, to life?

Remember also to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #3
December 15 2016

“If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge or possessions or to raise our station in society, then mythology has no claim to the appellation.”

Related imageRead the preface of Bulfinch’s Mythology (which we did in class) and the introduction to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (pp. 13-21).

Then discuss:  Compare and contrast the reasons that Bulfinch and Hamilton give us about the need to study mythology.  Do you agree or disagree?  Why or why not?

As always, be sure to include many specific details from each text to support your opinions and follow all the rules of standard written English.   In addition, remember to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #2

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December 14 2016

JK Rowling Speech on “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”

After reading JK Rowling’s speech, what do you think the meaning of it is?

P.S. – This is just so there’s a place to do the HW.

P.P.S. – Please do not get angry Ms. Quinson if you do not like the question I put up on this.

Why on earth would I be angry???  You all rock!  :)Ms.Q
Mythology blog #1