Honors Humanities Study Sheet: Test #2: Ancient Greece Don’t forget that you have the Creative Impulse book, which shows almost all the Greek art and architecture you need to know as well as maps and timelines. The Powerpoint of Greek art and architecture that you are required to view is posted on Moodle.
There will be a map, and you should be able to locate all of these places on it.
Aegean Sea Mediterranean Sea
Periods in Art and History
Doric Ionic frieze entasis
Corinthian Parthenon column capital
pediment order fluting 4:9
symmetria Salamis relief post and lintel architrave
Know each character, his or her role in the plot, and his or her motivations. Some of the spellings of these characters’ names are different in the two Norton Anthologies. If there are two spellings, both will be shown on the exam. Athena Jocaste (Iocaste) Paris
According to various Greek philosophers and characters in ancient Greek literature: What is true? What is beautiful? What is good?
What are the characteristics of a hero?
What role do the gods play in ancient Greek life?
How are the roles of men and women different in ancient Greek society?
How might you describe the theater in ancient Greece?
What are specific ways the geography and climate of ancient Greece shaped its culture?
How do the arts, literature, architecture, and artifacts of ancient Greece reflect its values?
Is ancient Greece a dynamic, constantly changing civilization? Or a static, unchanging civilization?
What common threads do you see in the mythology of the ancient Greeks and the mythology of the other ancient cultures you have studied?
What do the Venus of Willendorf, the Riace bronzes, super models, and body builders tell us about human nature?
Thesis for Essay Question
In all aspects of their culture, the Greeks explored the ideal, which sometimes included the use of illusion and/or flaw.
HINT: You will need to create your own topic sentences for two body paragraphs. We will give you the topic for the paragraph (a specific work of art, architecture, literature, or philosophy) and you must show how the ideal is demonstrated. Possible topics for essay body paragraphs: Oedipus, Achilles, Agamemnon, Hektor, Plato’s Theory of Art and Ideas, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, the Parthenon, kouros, Doryphorus, Dying Gaul, Laocoön and His Two Sons.
You will be given some passages from readings we covered in class and be asked to answer questions about them similar to the ones on the reading pre-test from the second week of school. To save time, your best strategy may be to skim rather than read closely, since the passages should be familiar to you already. The questions after the passages will ask you to do some literary thinking. They will include some of the following terms. Familiarize yourself with these terms, if you do not know them already:
LITERATURE & WRITING TERMS:
allusion – a reference to a person, place, event, or literary work that the audience should recognize