A Look At Eschatology

Eschatology is the branch of philosophy that deals with the “End of Days” and the conclusion of the universe Today we looked at how other cultures from around the planet view “the end of the world”

We compiled our research into Padlets.  See below

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For homework you will look the Christian vision of the End of Days in The Book of Revelation.  Click here to download a copy.

Please read “Selections From The Book of Revelations”
Highlight 3 of your favorite uses of imagery
In a note, explain your selections:
What did you like about each one?
Why did each one strike a chord with you?
Did you find it interesting or scary?

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Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. King, & The Dalai Lama

We continued our look at Matthew 5-7, otherwise known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” In these lines, we see the distillation of Jesus’ philosophy. We discussed how we can apply some of these ideas in our own lives.

Next we compared Jesus’ philosophy with the ideas of other famous people that shared his ideals. You can see the Padlet below.


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There is no homework tonight. Please prepare for the unit exam tomorrow.

Are We Rome?

We started to wrap up our unit on Rome by asking a simple and scary question: Are we Rome?  In the next few days, we’ll explore the parallels between the Roman Empire around the year 400 and the United States in the year 2017.  If the Roman Empire eventually fell, what does that mean for America’s future.

For homework, please read this commentary on Cullen Murphy’s book The New Rome: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America.

As you read, please annotate in the following colors
Data – Blue
Opinions – Green
Insert a note explaining your thoughts on the data or opinion

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I will post the lesson following our discussion tomorrow.

Aeneas in the Underworld Part II

We continued our journey with Aeneas and Sibyl into The Underworld.  Today Aeneas bumped into his ex, Dido.  While he tries to explain his actions, she silently listens.  We spent some time discussing her reaction.  Does she forgive Aeneas? Is she trying to make him jealous? Does just have nothing to say to him?  Unfortunately, its all speculation.

We also discussed the layout of The Underworld, specifically Tartarus and Elysium.  Tonight for homework, I’ve asked you to read two sections of Book VI:

  • Sibyl Describes Tartarus
  • The Fields of Elysium

After reading these, I’d like you to make two lists:

  1. What kind of thing do you do in life to get you sent to Tartarus?
  2. What kind of things can you do in life to end of in Elysium

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Don’t forget – We have a vocabulary test tomorrow.  Click here for the Kahoot we used to review today.

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Aeneas in the Underworld Part I

Today we started by reviewing the vocabulary for our exam on Thursday.We did 10 words today and we’ll do 10 more tomorrow. Click here for the Kahoot from class today.

We continued by looking at Aeneas’ descent into the Underworld.  We made some more connections to The Odyssey.

For homework, I asked you to look closely at the painting “Aeneas and Sibyl In The Underworld” by Jan Brueghel.  Based on the imagery that you highlighted the night before, please use Notability to annotate the image.  Which lines of text do you think influenced the artist? Use at least 10 pieces of textual evidence. Email to me with *p

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Aeneas & Dido

Today we looked at the relationship between Aeneas and Dido.  We examined the parallels with other works such as The Odyssey and Euripides’ play Medea. In some ways there were remarkably similar and in other ways they had subtle differences.  Revenge was a large theme in all three works.

For homework, Read up to Lines 264-439 in Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid.  Highlight any imagery that describes what underworld looks, smells, feels, or sounds like.  Take the time to look up the words you don’t know. Don’t forget to check the Padlet.

You do not need to mail me the homework. We will use it for an in-class activity tomorrow.

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Introduction to Virgil’s Aeneid

Today we stared looking at Virgil’s Aeneid. As we’ve discussed, this is essentially Roman fan fictions of the Greek Poet Homer’s Odyssey.  It follows the story of Aeneas, the last survivor of the fall of Troy.  After Odysseus and his buddies sacked Troy, Aeneas escaped.  The Aeneid his story.  He’ll have many adventures and will eventually become one of the founders of Rome.

Click here for a copy of The Aeneid.

For homework, please read the following sections at the end Book IV

  • “Dido’s Curse”
  • “The Death of Dido”

Refer to the Padlet we created today for references you may not understand:

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After reading the selection retell this selection in the 1st person from either the perspective of either Dido or Aeneas

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Ovid & Video Vocabulary

We started the period by discussing Ovid’s story, Pyramus & Thisbe. As most of you correctly guessed, this was the basis for William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet. We discussed how this story, much like Apollo & Daphne, centers around the themes of change and transformation.  We also discussed the tragic irony of the story: Through their deaths Pyramus and Thisbe create a world in which they could be together.

We spent the rest of the period preparing for our vocabulary exam on January 9, 2017. Here is the Padlet:

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There is no homework tonight.

Metamorphosis Day 1

Today we began looking at Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Click here to download a copy to iBooks. Written around the year 8, it is a collection of stories that all focus on the the idea of transformation and change. As we discussed in class, sometimes the changes are physical. and other times they run a little deeper.

In class we read the story of Daphne & Apollo. We also examined this famous statue based on the story. In this case the transformation was obvious: Daphne turned into a tree.

For homework tonight, please read the story of Pyramus & Thisbe. You’ll find it in Book IV of The Metamorphosis. Please read the following sections:

Bk IV:55-92 Arsippe tells the story of Pyramus and Thisbe

Bk IV:93-127 The death of Pyramus

Bk IV:128-166 The death of Thisbe

When you finish, please email me your response to the following question:

How is the theme of transformation and change reflected in the story of Pyramus & Thisbe?

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