Discussion Forum: Week Ten

This week, we’ll move into reading Madeline Miller’s Circe, a retelling or expansion of the Odyssey from Circe’s point of view. As we make this transition, I thought this would be a good moment to look back over unanswered questions that arose during our reading of the Odyssey, since those concerns will continue to shape… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week Ten

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Discussion Forum: Week 9

This week we’ll finish our reading of Homer’s Odyssey. Earlier in our reading, in Book 8, we saw the poem modeling of for us the idea that we might have an intense emotional or aesthetic response to poetry: Odysseus cries uncontrollably when he hears a song about the Trojan Horse, not because its sad, but… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 9

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Discussion Forum: Week 8

Here at the halfway point of the semester, I’d like us to take a different approach to our weekly discussion, and focus on the work you’ve been doing through your reflection projects. Consider one of the following prompts, or reply to the comments of someone else from your family: This week, each family will hold its… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 8

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Discussion Forum: Week 7

This week we’ll continue reading the Odyssey. The bulk of our reading focuses on Odysseus’ own narration of his adventures after the fall of Troy, including many of the poem’s most famous episodes: the encounter with the cyclops, the lotus eaters, the trip to the underworld, Circe, the cattle of the sun, Calypso. As you… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 7

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Discussion Forum: Week 6

This week we’ll be visit the library on Tuesday, and begin our discussion of the Odyssey on Thursday. In your forum this week, you have two choices: This week, we will not have separate family discussions. Just post your comment in the Option A or Option B threads below. Remember, you can be very brief… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 6

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Discussion Forum: Week 5

This week we’ll be reading Euripides’ Trojan Women, a tragedy that depicts the effects of the fall of Troy on the city’s women. It’s a difficult text (don’t skip the content note on the course schedule), but helps illustrate one of this semester’s central themes: that myths never have an original, true version, but are… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 5

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Discussion Forum: Week 4

This week we’ll be reading a primary source from ancient Greece for the first time this semester: Homer’s Iliad, the oldest text to survive intact from Greek culture. You’ll be reading an abridged version that covers the major points in the story. For your discussion forum, I’d like you to select a moment in the… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 4

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Storytelling Update

The instructions for the Storytelling assignment have now been updated. Here’s the new plan in a nutshell: Click here for full up to date instructions.

Discussion Forum: Week 3

Percy’s quest culminates in a journey to the Underworld. How does his experience of death shape your understanding of his story? How does it affect his willingness to risk his own life, and to use violence against others? How does death, the fear of death, or the desire to overcome death motivate his actions? How… Continue reading Discussion Forum: Week 3

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Chaos Forum

This is an open forum for the use of the Children of Chaos. You are welcome to use this space to share and answer questions, discuss the course materials, or to take the conversation off-topic in any direction you choose! Prof. Farmer & Carley will not be monitoring family forums, so if you have questions… Continue reading Chaos Forum

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