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Perseus the Destroyer: Return to Seriphos (Part 4)
This tale will tell of Perseus slaying a sea monster named Cetus and saving Andromeda as well as his adventures returning to Seriphos island then becoming king of Mycenae.
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Class begins with a quick overview where we find Perseus. He has just slain Medusa and will return to Seriphos. He promptly runs into Andromeda, a beautiful Ethiopian princess left out as sacrifice to the angry gods. We will learn the origin of the prophecy that doomed Andromeda and its location. Here a tie in with Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick' will be used to describe the sea monster and Perseus' battle with it. While fighting the beast, Perseus lays aside Medusa's head; here we will...
Students develop an appreciation of ancient literature and learn about Perseus, Danae, Dictys, Polydectes, Hermes, Athena, Hades, Minthe, Acheron, Cocytus, the Graeae, Bellerophon, Pegasus, Chrysaor, the Chimera, Medusa, Stheno, Euryale, and far more. Etymology of words connected to these stories will be discussed. Information is sourced from Pseudo-Apollodorus' 'Bibliotheca', Hyginus' 'Fabulae', fragments of Euripides' 'Andromeda' as the play has been lost to time, Herodotus' 'Histories', Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', and Hesiod's 'Shield of Heracles'. Further information is sourced from the works including, but not limited to, of Pindar, Sappho, Sophocles, and Homer.
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Violent acts are discussed like the slaying of a sea monster and many people being turned to stone. Ovid's Metamorphoses itself is quite violent and a sample follows: "And Perseus, all warrior, leaped down And flung it back again, and would have killed him, But Phineus cringes and hid behind the altar And so found safety, but the spear-point found Another victim; it drove through Rhoetus' forehead, Somebody pulled it loose, and Rhoetus groveled, Splattering blood across the ground and tables." -Metamorphoses: Book Five, Lines 20-47; Translated by Rolfe Humphries
Pseudo-Apollodorus' 'Bibliotheca', Hyginus' 'Fabulae', fragments of Euripides' 'Andromeda' as the play has been lost to time, Herodotus' 'Histories', Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', and Hesiod's 'Shield of Heracles'. Further information is sourced from the works including, but not limited to, of Pindar, Sappho, Sophocles, and Homer.
Daryan BorysAntiquities Scholar, Mythology Storyteller, Literature Tutor, Earthshaker, Gamer
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I'm happy to share my passion for Greek Mythology, Shakespeare, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, or explore and develop a student's interest in literature. As an actor, I've had the pleasure of exploring and performing in traditional Greek Theater,...