Ch 4: CSET English: Ancient Literature

About This Chapter

Brush up on information about literature of ancient times and the origins of written language through our video lessons and quizzes. This review can help you tackle these types of questions on the CSET English exam.

CSET English: Ancient Literature - Chapter Summary

Review facts on Greek theatre, ancient tales and the development of written language as you prepare for the CSET English exam. Our videos and short quizzes can help you renew your knowledge on topics including:

  • Ancient Greek comedies and tragedies
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The evolution of the alphabet
  • How writing originated

These lessons are accessible whenever you have a few minutes to devote to study, on a computer or mobile device. They are short, about five minutes on average, and our expert instructors make them enjoyable and informative. A timeline with links to key topics and passages allow you to quickly find parts of the videos that you need to review.

CSET English: Ancient Literature Chapter Objectives

Passing the CSET English exam is one of California's requirements for a teaching license in that subject. The exam contains four subtests, and questions on the material this chapter covers are in Subtest I's content domain on reading literature and informational texts. This domain has 40 multiple-choice questions. Two essay questions on material in this domain are on Subtest III.

You can practice answering computer-delivered multiple-choice questions, like you'll encounter on the exam, with the short quizzes that accompany each of our video lessons. These quizzes also offer a method of assessing your knowledge and determining where your weaknesses lie.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: CSET English: Ancient Literature
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The Iliad: Greek Epic

1. 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

2. 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 Aeneid by Virgil

3. 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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

4. 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.

History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

5. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

This lecture follows the development of writing, from the pictographs of proto-cuneiform to the symbolic phonemes of cuneiform and hieroglyphics. Then from the abjads of the Phoenecians, Minoans, Hebrews and Arabs to the complete alphabets of the Greeks. It explores the limitations and strengths of each development and draws modern parallels.

The Invention of Writing

6. The Invention of Writing

Writing, the original IT: This lecture covers the limitations and obstacles of aural transmission. It describes the invention of Cuneiform in the fertile crescent. Finally, it explains how writing enabled literate societies to dominate their pre-literate neighbors.

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