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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.

Athens Acropolis

Troy Delphi

Greece Italy

Aegean Sea Mediterranean Sea

Periods in Art and History

Archaic Period

Classical Period

Hellenistic Period


Doric Ionic frieze entasis

Corinthian Parthenon column capital

pediment order fluting 4:9

symmetria Salamis relief post and lintel architrave

golden ratio (1:1.6) relief drums Athena

What order is the Parthenon?


kouros kore Archaic smile

Kritios/Critios/Krition Boy Doryphorus torque

Nike of Samothrace contrapposto

Dying Gaul Laocoön and His Two Sons

plinth Discobolus

Riace Bronzes (in How Art Made the World Film and Ms. Bates’ Powerpoint)


VERY IMPORTANT: Read the introductions to each of the readings in the Norton Anthology. Know plot, characters, themes, key scenes. Prepare for quotation identification.

The Iliad

The Odyssey (references from 9th grade English, if you choose)


The Republic


Socrates Plato Aristotle Alexander the Great

Sophocles Sophists

What is Protagoras’ most famous quotation?


chorus tragedy reversal of fortune

fatal flaw hubris democracy

epic hero epic/epic form


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

Achilles (Akilleus) Tieresias (Tyresias) Hera

Menalaus Agamemnon Creon

Aphrodite Laius Helen

Hector (Hektor) Andromache Priam

Astyanax Hecuba (Hekuba) Oedipus

Polybus and Merope

Ideas and Themes

  • What was considered “ideal” by ancient Greeks?

  • 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.

Literary Analysis

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:


allusion – a reference to a person, place, event, or literary work that the audience should recognize

characterization / to characterize – the way the writer reveals a character's personality or nature; can be direct or indirect

direct characterization – when the author describes the character or makes statements about him

indirect characterization – when the author shows the reader something about the character through the character's words, thoughts, actions, or other characters' thoughts or words about him or her

conflict – struggle between two opposing forces or characters; can be internal or external (man vs. self, man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. nature)

context – the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc., that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaning

cryptic – when meaning is hidden or ambiguous

dialogue – the talking that goes on between characters in a story

divine – belongs to a god or is god-like; heavenly

elemental – the basic or essential part of something

elicit – to draw forth or bring out

figurative language – a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness (e.g., metaphors, similes, personification)

personification – giving human characteristics to ideas, objects, or animals ("The old mansion glowered down at us from the top of the hill.")

simile – a comparison of two things using "like" or "as" (“He is as fast as a speeding bullet.”)

metaphor – a comparison of two things that does not use "like" or "as" (“Time is a thief.”)

foreshadowing – a hint of what is to come in the story

generic – general, nonspecific

imagery – a collection of word pictures that appeal to the reader; uses metaphor, simile, etc.

infer – to deduce something from what is implied in a text

justify – to prove to be right or valid

juxtaposition – when two things are side-by-side; highlights their differences or unique qualities

monumental – majestic; grandiose; heroic

narrative tone – the attitude the writer has toward the reader, his characters, or his subject matter; a mood or emotion conveyed in a text

parentheses – used to clarify meaning or to insert supplemental information that isn’t essential to the text

repetition – a poetic device used in ancient times (repetition of words and phrases)

setting – the time and place in which the events occur within a story

adverb – a word that describes a verb (often ends in –ly)

antecedent – word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers (“Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address in 1863.” In this sentence, “Lincoln” is the antecedent of “his.”)

noun – person, place, thing, quality, or action (a city, a mayor)

pronoun – part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and designates persons or things asked for, previously specified, or understood from the context (he, it, they, who, anything)

proper noun – noun used as a name for a unique individual, event, or place (Seattle, Mayor Bing)

verb – part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence

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