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Second Exam Study Guide

Second Exam Study Guide - CLAS 131Second Midterm Study...

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CLAS 131—Second Midterm Study Guide October 30, 2006 I. Works 1. Art: Know what is depicted, the date, the medium, and the artist (if known). a. 12 metopes from Olympia of 12 labors of Herakles b. Images related to the Oresteia TBA 2. Film: Be familiar with the scenes shown in class for each of the following films; compare them to the corresponding scene(s) in the plays, and consider how the two differ and how they are similar. Can you offer an explanation for the differences? a. Medea (Lars von Trier) b. Oedipus Rex c. Antigone d. Iphigenia e. Notes for an African Orestes 3. Literature: You should be especially familiar with the following literary works. I would suggest making outlines for yourself of the different sections and major events. Focus in particular on the mythical (i.e.) aspects: descriptions, scene painting, and character development are part of the artist’s depiction, but the myth will be the narrative sequence of important events that take place. The artist’s depiction is of secondary importance, although you should consider it as well, and be aware of the choices the author has made in (re-)telling the myth, which help reveal his interpretation and use of the myth. Look out for embedded myths (like Meleager in the Iliad )! Also make certain you know the approximate date for each of these works, and consider what influence the historical situation might have had on the works. In the rest of this study guide, I will use the abbreviation following each of the literary works listed below to point you to a source for your review. a. The Iliad (I) b. Poems of Hesiod: i. Theogony (T) ii. Works and Days (W) c. The Homeric Hymns (H); NB : These ARE NOT composed by Homer. Their authorship is unknown, and is certainly different for many of the various hymns. The term “Homeric” refers to the fact that they were once attributed to Homer, and that they are composed in the style of oral hexameter poetry (the style of Homer). d. Plays of Aeschylus: i. Prometheus Bound (P) ii. Seven against Thebes (S) iii. Agamemnon (A) iv. Eumenides (E) e. Plays of Sophocles: i. Oedipus the King (O) ii. Antigone (N)
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f. Plays of Euripides: i. Medea (M) ii. Alcestis (L) iii. Iphigeneia at Aulis (G) II. Names: 1. Gods: For all of the following gods, you should know who they are and what they have done: i.e., you should know what forces, patterns, objects, customs, ideas etc. each of them embodies and is concerned with; you should also know their genealogical
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