Goals for the Week:
- Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
- Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
- Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.
- Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
- Consider what’s history and what’s mythology
- Begin to grapple with the language of Homer
Your assignment for this week!
This week you will:
- Choose a character from the Trojan War mythology
- Google them and learn about their role in the war
- Fill in the chart in this Google Document with what you learned.
- ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
I can understand a broad overview of The Iliad by reading summaries of the text so that I can look more in-depth at the most important parts of the text.
Let’s start today by talking about history!
So, whenever I teach The Iliad, the first question my students as is “Did this really happen?” and the answer is….well…maybe kinda?
It depends on what you’re asking.
- Did a guy named Achilles really exist? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Did the city of Troy really exist? yes!
- Was there a Trojan War like Homer described it? There was probably a war, but we don’t know if it was like Homer described.
- Was there a Trojan Horse? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We have a lot more questions than answers. But one thing we do know is where Troy is supposed to have been:
For more info on what’s history and what’s mythology, read this article, “The Fall of Troy: The Legend and The Facts”. And you can check out this short TedEd video on the archaeological pursuits to find Troy!
The goal today is for you to get a basic understanding of the plot of The Iliad. To do that, I’m going to give you a few resources to look into. Choose one to read. The others? Give them a cursory glance. Skim them. At least look at the pictures.
- A really good, but brief and filled with ads, summary and analysis of The Iliad
- A simplified summary of The Iliad, written for kids and easy to read, but missing all the juicy bits.
- A modern translation of the entire text of The Iliad, complete with illustrations!
- The full text of the story!
Let’s sum up what happens in The Iliad with a video, shall we? Check out this rendition from CLEAN Classics Summarized on YouTube!
PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!
Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist
- Understand Hector’s death in The Iliad
- Consider various interpretations of Hector’s death scene in various media.
- Prepare for Thursday’s Zoom meeting!