Ancient Greek and Roman Literature Study Guide for the Test.

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  • Ancient Greek and Roman LiteratureStudy Guide for the Test

  • HistoryGreece civilization began on Crete. Called Minoan after King Minos (minotaur guy!)This era known as the Heroic Age, because of the Heroes of Myths/Homers StoriesGreeks called themselves Hellenes

  • HistoryOlympic games created during this timeLyric Poetry personal instead of heroes Sparta vs Athens Athens creates democratic govt. Drama profound questions about human suffering, individual free will, moral responsibility, and the limits of knowledge

  • History Socrates, Plato, Aristotle PhilosophersPeloponnesian War ends Athens ruleAeneid says a Trojan Prince founded Rome. Julius Caesar stabbed to death on March 15 Beware the Ides of MarchRome splits into two Empires (East/West) and slowly declines

  • EpicInvocationIn medias resEpic SimilesStock epithetsAn extended narrative poem recounting actions, travels, adventures, and heroic episodes and written in a high styleKnow conventions and characteristics!

  • The IliadLiterary Focus Flashback and ForeshadowingKnow the 3 Greek Beliefs Characters Be able to match them to their sides and know how to describe the important onesBe able to answer simple plot questions

  • Oedipus RexLiterary Focus Dramatic Irony Be able to define Tragedy, Tragic Flaw, Hubris, and Catharsis Discuss Themes Fate vs Free Will, Quest for Identity/Truth, Nature of Innocence vs Guilt, or Nature of Moral Responsibility Greek Drama Know it!