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Ancient Literature for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives
Early writings undoubtedly had huge effects on the authors and their works in the years that followed. You can find out more about specific books, epics and myths, in addition to their relationships with religion, in these lessons. This chapter can help you understand the following:
- The epic form of literature
- Sumerian, Roman and Greek epics
- Greek myth, religion and connection to Christianity
- The Bible's effects on later literature
|The Epic of Gilgamesh||This lesson defines epic literature and tells you about Gilgamesh and Enkidu's journey, followed by Gilgamesh's search for immortality.|
|The Iliad: Greek Epic||Meet the characters and learn the themes of this epic that began in the oral tradition.|
|The Odyssey: Greek Epic||In this lesson, you can meet the characters and find out about their exploits. Learn how this story relates to Greek culture and other works of literature that followed.|
|The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts||Learn about this love story's characters and the likenesses between this epic and The Odyssey.|
|The Aeneid by Virgil||In this lesson, you can learn why Virgil wrote this epic for Augustus Caesar and also find out about the poet's dramatic depiction of the afterlife.|
|Greek Myth and Religion||Learn about the main Greek gods, the function of heroes and the connection between men and gods. Find out about the characteristics of Greek myth that later emerged within Christianity.|
|Bible as Literary Influence||This lesson explains how other books, stories and poems sometimes refer to stories from the Bible.|
1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.
2. The Iliad: Greek Epic
This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.
3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
4. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts
This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'
5. The Aeneid by Virgil
This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.
6. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
7. The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion
In this lesson, we'll consider the ways that many writers were influenced by various aspects of the Bible, both in the past and the present. We'll look at the way the Bible influences the stories and languages of writers and some allusions that authors make to the Bible.
8. Personification in the Bible
In this lesson you will learn about a form of figurative language called personification. Specifically, you will learn how personification is used in the Bible as a way of adding deeper meaning and description to the content.
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Other chapters within the 10th Grade English: Credit Recovery course
- Text Analysis and Close Reading for 10th Grade
- Developing as a Reader and Writer
- Reading and Understanding in Various Media
- Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade
- Shakespeare for 10th Grade
- African American Writers
- British Fiction for 10th Grade
- American Prose for 10th Grade
- Types of Writing Sources & Citations
- Introduction to Literary Criticism
- Drama for 10th Grade
- Elements of Grammar
- Punctuation in Writing
- Writing Conventions for 10th Grade
- The Writing Process for 10th Grade