Preview: Treat yourself!
See how much you already know. Download and play Classical
Jeopardy! Click on the underlined link and "save
link to disk." Please note that this is a PowerPoint game
so you must have PowerPoint to run it or download an appropriate
PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft.
After you have signed up for a god,
goddess, or hero in class, design an appropriate coat of arms for your person. After you draw
the name of another mythological figure, you will design and
write a postcard to that person. Take advantage of the information, links, and
samples provided on the assignment pages. Hint: Copying is not collaboration.
So, think you know it all about mythology?
Use the link that follows to take an online quiz. Try a couple
more if you have time. Fun Fact Quiz
You may be surprised to see how often
books and movies allude to mythology. You will write a paragraph
discussing your findings in each of the following searches.
- Go to amazon.com and search for books for "achilles?" (samples). Take notes on the references you
find. Explore not only the number, but also the books themselves
and how they use the myth.
- Then go to the Internet Movie Database and search for "titanic"
(samples). Take notes
on the references you find. Explore not only the number, but
also the movies themselves and how they use the myth.
Select one of the links below and
examine the site thoroughly. Evaluate the value of this online
resource, for both content and design, using handouts given in
class. (You can also print your own copy of the Content Guide and Design Guide.) If you locate a site we should
add to the class links, please let me know. Hint: When you're suposed to be a know-it-all, know
Sites to Be Reviewed
Aesop's Fables Online This searchable site
includes the complete text of more than 655 fables, illustrations,
and RealAuidio narrations. Ambrose Bierce, Jean De La Fontaine,
and the Brothers Grimm keep company here.
Bullfinch's Mythology OnLine Full Text
of the original, with clipart, is also linked to art, translations,
and much more. Thorough, interactive search of the site itself
actually loads what it finds so you don't need to keep on clicking.
List of Greek Mythological Characters This site
can help with all those dreaded worksheets.
List This site opens with a list of all the constellations. On the left, you can pick your location by latitude and then by date. Once you get to a specific night sky, be sure to click where it says "Show Constellations" to see the "images"
superimposed. Excellent explanations of the myths and stories
behind the stars on the opening page.
Who's Who among the Olympians? Identify
the twelve immortals in this Olympian Imagemap.
Examine NOVA's Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get clued in! Know the answers by next class period.
The Getty Museum has created an online
tour of five classical artworks, with lessons for each. Examine each artwork.
When you go to the page for each artwork, you can read the teacher notes and lesson plans and download handouts. Check with your teacher to see exactly what written assignments will be due at the end of each lesson. Remember to
properly punctuate the titles of artworks. Start at Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: Mythology in European Art.
Now let's look at two more modern
interpretations of mythology. Examine Pieter Brueghel's The Fall
of Icarus and Henri Matisse's La Chute d'Icare. Write a comparison/contrast composition in which
you discuss how each painting embodies, yet reinterprets, the
original myth. Or write an analysis about J. M. W. Turner's Ulysses deriding Polyphemus.
Once again, discuss how the art reinterprets the original story.
Examine the objects and images in
the classroom and listen to the song exerpt below:
ghost.AIFF or ghost.wav
Write an explanation of each and every allusion. There are three
allusions in the song itself, but you need to find ten total.
Other Links for the Classics
BBC Roman History Simple overview, but
a good place to start.
Classics Unveiled incorporates the old
MythNet ("Where Togas Are Still Hip"). Focus on Romans
includes Rome Unleashed (history), Rome Exposed (daily life),
and Latin Wordstock. Check out tour guide, games, etc.
Dr. J's Illustrated Lectures Janice Siegel talks the talk -- on the Mythic Hero, Greek Theater,
Greek Drama, Greek History -- and shares it all with us.
Encyclopedia Mythica Multiple mythologies, folklore, legends, genealogy tables, and
image galleries in a comprehensive, searchable database. Preview
image galleries from thumbnail page. Dictionary entries include
etymology, pronunciation, source of information, and cross-references
within the Encyclopedia. Incredibly well-organized and easy to
navigate -- even printable, in spite of frames. Sometimes hard
to access because it is so popular.
Folklore & Mythology:
Electronic Texts Just the words, ma'am -- ALL the
Internet Classics Archive has 441 searchable texts to read online or download zipped for
later. Check out recommended websites or commentary for each
title. Add your own recommendations. If you can't afford to buy
it, don't. Get your texts for free!
Images of Ancient Greeece and Rome Mostly architectural,
with thumbnail previews, includes 1100 photographs in a searchable
MythWeb is best about Greek heroes -- Bellerophon (animated), Hercules,
Jason, Odysseus, Theseus. Illustrated versions of the tales feature
original comic art. A bit wry, but well done. "ImageMap"
of the Gods is links to details from the art, with explanations.
"Encyclopedia" leaves the site, so be sure to open
links in a new window. "Today" section explores the
relevance of mythology today. Also has teacher resources and
Odyssey Online covers Near East, Egypt,
Greece, Rome, and Africa. Topics for each include people, mythology,
daily life, death & burial, writing, and archaeology. Very
attractive, with games at each level. Also has teacher resources.
Perseus Project Everybody links to the
"mother of all mythology websites," for good cause.
Multiple translations offered for all texts.