Exam:

·      Instructions (write name on both…)

·      Homeric Hymn to Demeter

 

Myth Paper 3 Thoughts

·      Remember your audience (=Prof. Fleming).  Don’t tell me stories.  Summary must be kept to a minimum, and any summary must be directly tied to your thesis.

·      Thesis: think about the ONE THING you want to prove. 

o  What is it?  Now do it.

·      “In this passage {AUTHOR} shows/explains {RELEVANT FEATURE OF ANCIENT CULTURE}”

·      Do not worry about the “true of myths”--we can all agree none of them are empirically true.  Instead focus on what they tell us about their culture

·      Rephrase the assignment: Don’t worry about why the textbook author chose this passage.  (“Because it’s really important, and old”).  Instead, focus on why the ancient author told this story.  Why does Homer or Hesiod or Ovid tell us this?  Why does this ancient author choose the specific details he chooses?

Mechanical Issues

·      For titles of large works, use Italics

·      “Homer is  explain ing s…”

·      The main characters are…”

·      The narrator is…”

·      Altar: something you sacrifice on

o  Alter: to change or modify

·      Date of the Theogony?