Discussion Questions Thucydides and Plato
Thucydides, The Melian Dialogue
This passage from Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War is referred to as The
Melian Dialogue and it meditates on the idea of what is right. The passage is a debate
PLOT SUMMARY (from Albin Lesky, A History of Greek Literature, trans. de Heer & Willis, London:
Methuen & Co., 1966, pp. 24-31)
Book I The first book leads quickly up to the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon. The word mnis
("rage") in th
The Mythical Origins of the Trojan War
Zeus is said to have invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis all the gods except Eris, aka Discordia
[naturally, who would invite Discord to a wedding?]. Enraged at the insult, she c
THE TROJAN WARWhos fighting whom?
Heroes and Gods on the Greek Side
Heroes and Gods on the Trojan Side
The Greeks and their forces are called
Greeks, Achaeans, Danaans, Argives
The Trojans and their forces are called
Hum 15 Study Guide Final
Measure for MeasureDuke of Vienna [Friar]Angelo, deputy of the duke
Comedy (?) [v. tragedy]
Soliloquy- "talking by oneself") is a device often used in drama when a character speaks to himself or herself,
Inscribed on the temple to
Apollo at Delphi were two
maxims by which the ancient
Greeks were to govern their
: "nothing in excess and
: know thyself.
What does the second maxim mean?
a) Be comfortable with who you are.
b) Know that you are mortal
Achilles and Ajax
Etruscan figurine-death of
Sarpedon story on vase
Achilles attaches the body of Hector to his chariot
Priam goes to the tent of Achilles
Cypria (11) Wedding of Peleus & Thetis,
Judgment of Pa
THE TROJAN WAR
[Ajax carrying the
body of Achilles]
Wedding of Peleus and Thetis
Judgment of Paris
Eris, goddess of discord
Golden Apple: ("for the fairest one")
Hera (Queen), Athena (Wisdom & War), Aphrodite (Love)
Was this the face that launched a th
Justice and Equity
What is Justice = ?
Or merely a human ideal?
Iustitia Lady Justice
Themis (& Dike)
(divine order, law, and
TIMELINE of ANCIENT GREECE
BRONZE AGE (3000-1100)
Middle Minoan (Crete, King Minos & Knossos)
Middle Helladic (Hellas = Greek)
c. 1800-1250 Citadel of Troy
c. 1600-1120 Mycenaean Civilization [Mycenae, King Agamemnon]
Leda and the Swan
The speaker retells a story from Greek mythology, the rape of the girl Leda by the god Zeus, who had assumed the
form of a swan. Leda felt a sudden blow, with the great wings of the swan still beating above her. Her thighs were
Shakespeare: Measure for Measure
[Measure for Measure is] ostensibly a comedy, yet charged with a weight of moral and social preoccupations, of
explicit political theorizing and psychological probing, beyond the limits of what the comic form could easily
List of Names & Terms
Measure for Measure
Duke of Vienna [Friar]
Angelo, deputy of the duke
Comedy (?) [v. tragedy]
Tale of the unjust judge
Measure for Measure
Will the Humanities Save Us? by Stanley Fish
1. Read the article by Stanley Fish and sort out the various pro and con arguments he presents.
2. From what are the Humanities to save us?
3. What is his conclusion?
4. What assumptions does he make about his
Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice
Identify the comic structure of this play (what is the moral restriction upon which Shakespeare builds his conflict; who loves
whom; where does the fantasy element take place; how is the plot resolved?)
The Trial by kafka pub.1925
Because Franz Kafka has become the poster boy for twentieth-century alienation and disoriented anxiety, his work is
often introduced in the context of Kafka's own experience of alienation. A Czech in the Austro-Hungaria
Bleak House by Dickens
1. What is the connection between Dickens' [extensive!] description of the fog and the story?
Heavy, persistent fog is not something that tends to lift spirits and brighten faces. In a story, such a fog may even serve as a symbol of
Dante and Shakespeare divide the
modern world between them,
there is no third.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
il Sommo Poeta, or il Poeta.
Oldest Portrait of
(Painted by Giotto in
Dantes own lifetime,
before his exile)
Aeschylos the Athenian, Euphorions son, is dead.
This tomb in Gelas wheat fields covers him
Of his glorious courage the plain of Marathon could tell
And the long-haired Mede knew it well.
Extra Credit Assignment
Oedipus at Colonus Gospel at Colonus
A fascinating experiment in updating classic Greek tragedy with a contemporary, cultural sensibilityAvant garde
theatre director Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson originated the s
William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Richard III
And therefore, since I cannot prove a Lover,
To entertaine these faire well spoken dayes,
I am determined to prove a Villaine,
And hate the idle pleasures of these dayes.
Shakespeares plays are among the mos
Writing Assignment: Suasoria
Draft Due: Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Length: 3-4 pages (in toto). Essays should be double-spaced. (NB: Proofread your work.)
Draft grade = 50% of essay grade (i.e., make this your best effort)
2. creativity/literary device
A = Excellent in both 
B = Excellent in one, or very (very) good in both [small handful]
C = genuine attempt at both (high C = good) [majority]
NG = No grade. See me!
Discussion Questions Homers Iliad
1. What is the subject of the poem? (i.e., this is not the story of the Trojan war, but a story about.) [hint:the
answer to this question is both a whom and a what]
2. How might the conflict between Achilleus and Agamemno
Discussion Questions Hesiods Theogony
1. Theogony (in Greek, theogonia) is from two words: theos god and gonia begetting, and Hesiods
title is often translated: the birth of the gods. In what ways does this title fall short of the story told in the
How is the opening of the epic similar to and/or different from the opening of the Iliad?
tone, subject? If the Iliad is about a hero's rage what is the Odyssey about?
Zeus touches upon an interesting question at the s