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Classical Mythology Study guide

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Classical Mythology Study guide FL 4143

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Zeus, Hera, other gods, Hesiod, and etc. Mock questions of what will be on the exam.
Classical Mythology
Scott Di Giulio
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Classical Mythology Exam 1 Study Guide Identify (in 1­3 sentences) five of the terms. 1. Arachne­boasted she could out weave Athena (Athene). Athena turned her into a  spider. She was mortal.  2. Epiphany­ after seeing the gods by mortals; when Zeus made Aphrodite fall in  love with Anchises. She revealed herself to him and he had an epiphany.  3. Delphi­important Greek city to Apollo. Located on mt. p. in Corinth. 183  anthology 4. Demeter­goddess of the earth and fertility. She is the mother of Persephone. 5. Prometheus­god who supposedly created men water and earth, and introduced fire to them later on. Zeus punished him for this by chaining him to a mountain to  have his liver eaten by an eagle every day for eternity.  6. Lemnian Women­women on the island of Lemnos who murdered their husbands  for having taken foreign concubines. Welcomed Jason and the Argonauts.  Aphrodite made them have a horrible stench.  7. Omphalos­ rounded stone representing the navel of the earth in greek myth.  8. Niobe­daughter of Tantalos, wife of Theban Amphion, whose children were killed by Apollo and Artemis because she offened Leto.  Short Answers: Respond in 4-6 sentences to Two of the following. 1. Define the word ‘etiology’, and briefly describe the two etiologies found in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Etiology means Greek sacrifices. Lecture slide sept. 13; pg 161 2. What are the building blocks of the narrative in the Theogony? Proem, catalogues, episodes: Catalogue of Women; episodes of Zeus challenges; proem in prologue of Theogony 3. We have encountered a number of goddesses whose domains include, in some way, childbearing. Name at least three of these goddesses and describe the different aspects of childbirth over which each presides. Hera: Childbirth and fertility; Venus: ; Rhea: 4. Compare and contrast the domains and attributes of Hephaestus and Athena. Both born from a single parent: Athena from Zeus’ head and Hephaistos from Hera’s finger. Both good at crafts; Athena is wise and intelligent; Hephaistos is foolish and lame; Athena is known for being a virgin; while Hephaistos isn’t; Essay Write a clear and well-organized essay in response to ONE of the following prompts. 1. Discuss the theme of unusual diving births and unusual circumstances surrounding the diving birth in texts and myths that we have encountered thus far. (think of e.g., the Theogony, Homeric Hymns, Bacchae, etc.) 2. A number of myths revolve around interactions between gods and mortals. Discuss the nature of these interactions. (E.g. What characterizes these interactions? Do we find repeated m=narrative patterns? Do certain gods interact with mortals in particular ways?) 3. Discuss the types and uses of humor that you have encountered in the primary texts. What place does humor have in works whose purpose is (ostensibly) to praise the gods? 4. Essay: #1 or #2 5. #1 Aphrodite, Hephaistos, Athena 6. 7. #2 Zeus, Aphrodite, Hera,


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