Week 6–Greece and Rome, Philosphy, Mythology, and Homer’s Odyssey

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This week the reading is so emotional. I think this is the part that appeals to the female heart. Last week it mostly appealed to the manly man hero part of us. But this week, it is more tender and sweet. I usually cry at some point. But make no mistake, there is also a lot of cunning, manly man hero stuff, and blood!!! LOL. Have fun 🙂

This Week’s Assignments–


Monday (about 15 pages)

  • Journal 3--Imagine that someone has been absent from home for many years. What might that person think or feel upon returning home? Write about some possible reactions that they might have. How would you feel if it was you? What would be harder, coming back into the surroundings, or coming back to the people? What would be the BEST part?
  • Read The Homecoming Introduction (pg. 1240-1241)
  • Read Father and Son (pg. 1242-1247)
  • Read The Beggar at the Manor (pg. 1248-1249)
  • Read The Test of the Bow (pg. 1250-1255)

Tuesday–Finish The Odyssey (about 10 pages)

  • Read Death in the Great Hall (pg. 1256-1261)
  • Read The Trunk of the Olive Tree (pg. 1262-1265)
  • Read Dorothy Parker’s poem “Penelope” pg. 1266
  • Look at these famous quotes from Homer. Put your favorite one in the comment section below.

This quote stood out to me– “The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for” (Homer). It reminds me of Jesus, and how none of us were WORTH dying for, but He did it anyways. The Bible trumps paganism again!!!

Romans 5:8– “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Amen and Hallelujah!!!

Wednesday–Greek Philosophy

The Death of Socrates
The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Luis David (1787) Jacques-Luis David is one of my favorite artists. I LOVE his other piece entitled “The Death of Marat” (one of my favorites EVER). But this one is also fabulous. As you can see, Socrates’ disciples are devastated, and yet he is reaching for the cup of hemlock with one hand and with the other he is passionately expressing his beliefs one more time. It is very powerful.
  • Watch this short Video:

  • Greek Philosophers– Read the famous quotes of Socrates, the famous quotes of Plato and the famous quotes of Aristotle.  pick a favorite from each of them and write them in the comments below.
  • Go into your Bibles and underline this verse–“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” Colossians 2:8-9
  • Compare the Greek Pantheon to the Roman Pantheon (scroll down)
  • Watch videos below (scroll down)
  • Begin the “After Reading” Questions on pages 1267-1268  and email them to me by Thursday night at 10pm.


  • Grammar–Review– Please take the Finding Nouns, Verbs and Subjects Quiz #2, the  Subject and Verb Agreement Quiz #2, and the Pronoun Quiz #2  and bring me your printed results
  • Vocabulary–Practice your October words and continue to write sentences for them. You will be tested on November 6.
  • 2nd Rough Draft (see directions below) This second rough draft MUST be typed, MLA format and have notes and highlights (that I discuss below). You MUST finish your 2nd rough draft before this weekend is over, because you need to turn it in, and next week you will work on turning it into your final draft!!!
  • Watch The Odyssey for free online. The movie is PG, but you MUST still get parent permission before watching it. It is about 2 hours long. It is very entertaining and some of the monster graphics will crack you up! LOL. I will put video links at the very bottom of this page. It would be a great review tool for your midterm . . . (scroll down)

Friday (No Friday School)

  • Finish 2nd Rough draft
  • Continue watching The Odyssey

You will have a mid-term exam when we come back to class

Expect a lot of questions on The Odyssey, but also go back and review Gilgamesh, Morning Star, from And The Mountains Echoed, and from God’s and King’s. You should also review September’s vocabulary words. And any literary analysis tools or devices we have learned.

The test will include multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blank and response questions and may take the whole class period.

Your Myth/Epic Paper–2nd Rough Draft

You have completed your first draft of your essay,

  • now I want you to go back through every sentence and choose precise words to replace weak words (see the handout).
  • I also want you to add tons of sensory details.
  • I also want you to see if any of your characters fit typical archetypes. If they do please write that in the margin of your 2 rough draft–Ex. Judy=witch, Kyle=faithful sidekick.
  • After you have done that, I want you to find the place that foreshadows danger or creates suspense–if you can’t find it, then it isn’t there!!! So add it then underline or highlight it!!! I want to bite my nails when I read your story.
  • Finally, it would be really cool if you could include an epithet for your hero and one of your monsters/bad guys.
  • Make sure your setting is mythical and exotic.
  • Make sure there is something supernatural.

Wednesday Reading and Videos

Below is a chart of the Greek and Roman gods. Rome adopted the Greek pantheon, but they changed the names. Below is an excellent chart from Crystalinks.com.

Short Video About Greek gods

Short Video About Roman gods

Okay, now to the Fuel Project

Thursday and Friday Videos (The Odyssey, 1997)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


18 thoughts on “Week 6–Greece and Rome, Philosphy, Mythology, and Homer’s Odyssey

  1. “All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”-Socrates
    “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”-Plato
    “Homer has taught all others poets the art of telling lies skillfully.”-Aristotle
    “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”-Aristotle
    “At the touch of love everyonebecomes a poet.”-Plato
    “An honest man is always a child.”-Socrates

  2. “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”-Socrates
    “A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”-Plato
    “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor”-Aristotle

  3. My favorite quotes = “Let him that would move the world first move himself”- Socrates
    “To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way” – Plato
    ” There is no genius without some touch of madness” – Aristotle

  4. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”- Socrates

    “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”- Plato

    “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”- Aristotle

  5. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”- Socrates
    “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”- Plato
    “Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”- Aristotle

  6. “There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” -Homer

  7. 1st: “From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate”

    2nd: “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

    3rd: “Hope is a walking dream”

    I like the 3rd one the most c:

  8. “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.” – Socrates

    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” -Plato

    “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” -Aristotle

  9. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil” -Socrates
    “They certainly give very strange names to diseases.” -Plato
    “Friendship is essentially a partnership.” -Aristotle

  10. currently watching The Odyssey and I now understand what you meant by the men looking like pieces of meat with a loin cloth. They are sooooooo unattractive!! (I was going to say ugly but that would be mean 🙂 ). lol

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