Ch 10: Ancient Literature for 9th Grade

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Watch online video lessons and learn about ancient literature, including epic poems and religious stories. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Ancient Literature for 9th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The engaging video lessons in the Ancient Literature for 9th Grade chapter will help you understand several tales from thousands of years ago and see how they have impacted literature even in the present day. You will examine the Bible as a literary influence and look at Greek myths and religion. Other lessons cover ancient tales of heroism, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and Virgil's Aeneid. In another lesson, you will explore the many stories of Jason and the Argonauts. This chapter's video lessons are designed to teach you about:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The related tales of The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • The stories of Jason and the Argonauts
  • The Bible and its influence on literature
  • Greek mythology and the ancient religion to which these stories belong
  • The Aeneid by Virgil

Video Objective
The Epic of Gilgamesh Understand this tale.
The Iliad Examine this account of war.
The Odyssey: Greek Epic Look at this story of a homeward journey.
The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts Explore the story of Jason and his voyage.
The Aeneid by Virgil Understand this story and learn about its author.
Bible as Literary Influence Examine how the Bible has influenced literature on up to the present day.
Greek Myth and Religion Understand ancient Greek religion and its mythology.

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: Ancient Literature for 9th Grade
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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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.

The Iliad: Greek Epic

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.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

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.

The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

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.'

The Aeneid by Virgil

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.

Greek Myth and Religion

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.

The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

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.

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