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Greek Mythology Extravaganza

Social Studies

Ancient Greek Monsters, Giants, Beasts and Mythical Tribes/Creatures (Amazons)

In this 9-week course the students will explore the well known, yet poorly understood world of legendary creatures, mythical tribes, dragons, giants, beasts, and monsters of the Ancient Greek Mythology, with the use of ancient Greek art
Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
691 total reviews for this teacher
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
9-14
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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In this class students will understand that the magic of myths lies not only in the stories themselves, fascinating as they are, but in the logic behind them and in their deeper meaning. Myths will be appreciated as a system of beliefs and a way of thinking about the world, as it was created by the ancient Greeks.

The goal for the students is to learn at an introductory level how Greeks were structuring their myths and some of the narrative patterns that they were employing to tell meaningful stories about their gods. 

We will discuss together how were these stories played out in ancient Greek art, and especially in relation to the lifes and deeds of ancient Greek heroes who often, so many of them, fought these creatures. 

We will finally delve into an ancient religion with respect, so as to learn from this example two very important lessons: that there is no absolute truth, and that nothing unchangeable in time, when it comes to religious traditions, old and new. 
I have a B.A. and M.A. in ancient Greek history and archaeology, as well as an M.A. in history and phiosophy of religions. I have excavated in ancient Greek sites, I speak ancient and modern Greek and I am currently finishing my PhD. 
Homework, designed to take no more than 30 minutes per week, will be assigned in two forms: 

(a) before each of the nine meetings students will be asked to study the short hand-out which will be distributed in advance as part of their preparation, 
and 
(b) the students will be assigned two quizzes (one at the end of week 4 and the second at the end of week 8) in the form of a multiple-choice quiz to be filled out under parental supervision, in order to test their memory, attention and observation. This test may also include one or two questions requiring a very short answer, in order to assess the learners' comprehension. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not believe that a letter grade is meaningful for a summer camp on mythology. However, as I often do with my one-time classes, which are always small classes (up to 7 students), I communication with the parents and the children directly, providing my personal comments, private feedback and an informal assessment.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
In the ancient Greek art gods are depicted often (but not always) naked. The Greek word for a naked man is "gymnos" and that is why in English today we say "gymnastics" or "gym" although our children and athletes wear uniforms. This being said, any artistic reproduction in ancient art should be expected to show nude gods. I try to use as less as possible, but it is not always within my hands since this is the nature of the ancient Greek art itself. Since, it is an art that comes from an era where there were no photographs, or videos, the art is found only on painted vases, wall paintings and sculpture. Nudity was never meant to provoke, but to tell to the ancient viewer that gods are not mortal humans and, thus, they do not need clothes. As you may very well understand, I cannot change the history of art, nor my preference as teacher of mythology in showing students the original art from ancient times.

Teacher

Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
🇨🇦
Lives in Canada
PhD Candidate, Professional Researcher, Active Scholar, Happy Father
691 total reviews
456 completed classes

About Me

As a father of two young kids, I put a lot of effort so as to entertain them in a productive, and educational way, making sure I feed their natural curiosity and encourage them to keep asking questions. Undoubtedly, television and video games are... 
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