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Introduction to Greek Art & Architecture PowerPoint


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Women in Ancient Greece

In case you are interested in reading the primary documents that your peers read in class today to get a fuller sense of the lives of women in ancient Greece, here is the complete document with all of the different sources, including the ones I read out loud.

They are all from the Diotima archive, “Women’s Lives in Greece and Rome” by Marty R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant

Women in Ancient Greece: Primary Documents

We asked the following questions about each of the sources

1.     Summarize the passage BRIEFLY. What are the main ideas

2.     What is the tone of the passage? What is its purpose

3.     Are any laws or rituals concerning women explained in the passage

4.     What is your personal reaction to this passage? Is there anything that shocks or surprises you?

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Plato’s Cave

Here is a video of Plato’s Cave and the questions we grappled with this afternoon.:

    • What ‘shackles’ people in our society?
    • How is Plato suggesting that we free our minds?
    • Who are the people who are holding up the objects that cast shadows? What do the shadows represent?
    • How can knowledge transform our reality?
    • Are students free or are we compelled?
    • Is it significant that the ascent from the cave slow & gradual?
    • Can a person who has been outside the cave remain there knowing that others are still shackled inside the cave?
    • What does the sun represent?

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Greek Military History

You are responsible for the following major wars and battles:

  • The Ionian Revolt (499 BEC)
  • Marathon (490 BCE)
  • Thermopylae – Battle of the 300 (480 BCE)
  • Salamis (480 BCE)
  • Palataea (478 BCE)
  • The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE)
  • The Conquests of Alexander the Great (336-323 BCE)

The Greco Persian Wars

You should also be familiar with the following military advancements:
  • hoplites
  • phalanx
  • triremes

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Assignment: Analyzing Athenian Democracy

Read the articles and answer the following questions about Athenian democracy:

  1. Critics and Critiques of Athenian Democracy

 2. The Democratic Experiment


  1. Describe at least 5 major characteristics of Athenian democracy. (5 marks)
  2. What are the major criticisms of Athenian democracy? (5 marks)
  3. What was ‘tyranny’? Was Athenian democracy effective in eliminating tyranny in ancient Greece? Explain. (5 marks)
  4. What was the policy of ostracism? Was this effective? Why or why not? (5 marks)
  5. How did Greek philosophers view democracy? Explain. (5 marks)
  6. What are the major similarities between Athenian democracy and modern democracy? (5 marks)

Critical Reflection:

Based on the two articles and discussion with the class, what is your assessment of the effectiveness and validity of democracy in Athens? The critical reflection must be completed individually and should be approximately 1 page (double-spaced in length). Refer to the rubric in order to achieve full value for the reflection portion of this assignment. (20 marks)

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The Polis of Athens

City Map of Athens

A useful resource for learning about the features of the Athenian polis is PBS’s “The Greeks Interactive” website. There is a map of Athens where you can see the city’s layout,  zoom in to places like the Acropolis, the Phyx, and the Theatre of Dionysus, and read an informative blurb about each of these features. It also has a section on daily life in Athens as well as the Greek alphabet.

Key terms to know:

  • Agora
  • Theatre of Dionysus
  • Acropolis
  • Pnyx
  • Parthenon
  • Areopagos
  • Athletic stadium
  • Council of Elders
  • Piraeus

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Perez Homer: Greek Mythology Gossip Blog Assignment

Due Monday, July 9

Lady Gaga wears a dress made of Q-Tips!

Brangelina adopt quintuplets from East Timor!

Believe it or not: Justin spotted wearing Selena’s shoes!

Celebrity gossip is everywhere these days, but it’s nothing new. In fact, classical texts prove that human society has always been hungry for tantalizing stories of scandals, love affairs, and the dirty deeds of gods and mortals. Greek mythology provides some of the foundational metaphors of western culture as well as stories that would set the blogosphere on fire even today. 

Your task is to be an ancient Greek celebrity gossip blogger. Write a creative blog post about any of the characters in your myth, human or mortal. Your post must contain accurate and specific references to the character.

  • Use your imagination – fill in the details as though the character is a contemporary celebrity
  • Include a creative headline
  • Include an appropriate image that relates to your post, and write a clear and informative caption (1-2 senteces)
  • Write in a playful, casual tone but use correct spelling and grammar


Helen Dishes the Dirt on Oprah

It girl Helen, a.k.a. “The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships” sat in Queen O’s chair yesterday and dished the dirt about the stable of international suitors who have been literally killing each other trying to woo her. Theseus, Menelaus, Paris – who is next in this lineup of eligible bachelors from around the Agean? Now that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have split, we think that this Pirate of the Carribean might use his seafaring stardom to seek her hand.

In her slinky Dior robe and jewelled Manolos, Helen really is a bombshell, and just as explosive. She’s the diva that men desire and women despise. “You know, it’s not easy being this beautiful,” she confided. “Imagine – just as I was getting comfortable with my hubby Menelaus in our Mycenaean palace, Paris shows up and drags me off to Troy! And now ten years later, thousands of soldiers on both sides are dead, the women of Troy hate me, and to tell you the truth, there’s not much spark between me and Paris these days.” You poor thing, Helen, must be so tough being you!

If the woman who caused the Trojan War can get sympathy from anyone, it’s Oprah. Honey, begging does not look good on you!

Oprah, always asking the tough questions, confronted Helen about her decision to leave with Paris. Helen put the blame sqaurely on Aphrodite’s shoulders. “I mgiht be the most beautiful woman in the world, but who am I to argue with the Goddess of Love?” Does this woman deserve our pity? Will she go back home to domestic bliss with Menelaus or will the ugliness of the bloody Trojan War continue to overshadow Helen’s beauty?

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