CL 28 Classical Mythology
TEST 1 (Thursday, February 19) - REVIEW

Please bring a blue book !!

The test will consist of 4 sections:

1. Image identifications (20 points). Four images that have been shown in class. You will be asked to identify specific figures, myths, etc.

2. Short answers and ids (25 points). Characters and attributes associated with the gods; names, terms and places from the word lists.

3. Passages (25 points).  Review the primary source readings: Euripides, Hesiod, Homer, and the Homeric Hymns. You will be asked to identify characters, cult elements, and attributes within the context of the literature.

4. Long identifications (30 points). To be written in the blue book. In a paragraph of app. 5 sentences define the who, what, where, when and especially why of terms, characters, places or things. Some choices may be paired. You will choose five out of eight possible. Give as much factual information as you can but also include analysis (the why). (Hint: there are usually at least two ways to look at each of the items - the more obvious and one not so obvious - think about this when answering)

The images will be shown first, so please be on time! You will have the full class period to complete the test, but you may not need it. You are responsible for all material presented in class, section, and in the relevant readings.

For review:

the basic geography of Greece, regions and sites we've discussed, especially the major sanctuaries associated with the Olympian deities

definitions of myth, types of myth (divine, legend, saga, folktale), interpretations (nature, ritual, charter, etiological, etc)

Hesiod and the Theogony and Work and Days. What, when and why. Know the order of creation from Chaos to the Olympians, also know the major characters and the major conflicts. Children of Gaia; Kronos over Ouranos; Zeus over Kronos etc. A complicated geneology, but very important to work out.

Prometheus. As etiological myth. Major events and characters

Animal sacrifice as the basic religious ritual (charter myth)

5 Ages of man and what characterizes them


Olympians - 1st and 2nd generations

Know the characteristics, iconography and attributes of all the Olympian gods we covered. You should be able to identify them visually and textually.

What are their roles in mythology?

Major sanctuaries?

Know the most important myths connected with the Olympians, especially those told in Homer, Hesiod, and the Homeric Hymns

Zeus, his wives and his affairs (esp. the guises)

Hera and her role in the divine family

Aphrodite's origins and complicated status

Poseidon and Athena in conflict

Artemis and Apollo - unlucky in love tales and immature actions/reactions

Delphi and the oracle

Hermes many functions and roles

Demeter and Persephone - the Mysteries and the interpretation of their myths (etiological, charter, nature, ritual)

Geography and aspects of the Underworld, plus Greek conception of death




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