odyssey webquest

who was homer? Greek poet
Where did Homer live? Coast of Asia Minor
when were homers epic works composed? 8th century
why does homeric literature still survive today? because of the importance placed on it in the ancient world
epic A long narrative poem, written in heightened language, which recounts the deeds of a heroic character who embodies the values of a particular society
epic hero a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events
epic simile a detailed comparison in the form of a simile that is many lines in length
epithets Brief, descriptive phrases used to characterize people or things.
Which god’s festival was the cause for developing dramatic performances? celebration of dionysos
where does the word theater come from? Greek theatron
What three seas surround Greece? Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea
what is troy? The legendary city that was the center of the Trojan war located on the Aegean coast in turkey
What is Ithaca? The home island of Odysseus
wheren does the word athletics come from? from the greek meaning athloi
What athletic events were included in ancient pentathlons? foot races, jumping, javeling throwing, wrestling, disk throwing
what was the crowing prize for a winning athlete? wreath of olive branches
how old were soilders trained in athens and sparta? 18 in athens 7 in sparta
Aeolus God of the winds
Athena Goddess of wisdom
Poseidon God of the sea
Zeus King of the gods, god of the sky
Laertes Odysseus’ father
Odysseus King of Ithaca
Penelope Odysseus’ wife
Telemachus Odysseus’ son
tiresias blind prophet who advised Odysseus
Calypso sea goddess who loved Odysseus
Charybdis a dangerous whirlpool personified as a female sea monster
Circe enchantress who helped Odysseus
Cyclops (Greek mythology) one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of their forehead
Muses Nine goddesses who inspired artists
Scylla sea monster that lived on one side of narrow chanel of water
Sirens creatures, part woman and part bird, whose songs lure sailors to their death

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