First remember that we will begin class with a discussion about the significance of the Iatrokles/Dienekes/Arete story. Please review that passage from the end of chapter 7.
Read Chapter 8.
1. How would you compare the description of Spartan military training to that of Astakos (Xeo’s hometown) in Chapter 3?
2. How would you compare Leonidas’ behavior and interaction with his troops to Xerxes’?
3. What can you conclude about the Spartan’s reverence for the shield? Why do think it was so important?
Remember that we will not meet on Wednesday this week. Next week we will be on a similar schedule, so please be prepared to meet on Monday, but not Wednesday again.
For homework, please do the following:
Read chapters six and seven of Gates of Fire.
Consider these questions
1. According to Bruxieus, what does a man need to conquer phobos?
2. How is the Greek mission to Rhodes and the surrounding city-states emblematic of the greater divide between the Greek and Persian culture?
3. How does the story of Tommy unfurling the map connect to question #1?
4. What does the Iatrokles/Dienekes/Arete story tell us about Spartan values?
Read Chapters 4 and 5. Do the following:
Define these terms:
Polis, Deme, Syssitia, Eirenes, Andreia, Phobos, Agonisma
Answer these questions:
1. What is Sepeia? What parts of the Spartan system are first mentioned here?
2. What lesson about phobos and agonisma are learned from Tripod’s story?
3. How do the episodes of Dimonache’s rape and Xeones punishment parallel each other?
4. What is the relationship among Dienekes, Alexandros, Xeones, and Tripod?
This week-end you begin reading Gates of Fire . GOF is a piece of historical fiction. Wiki defines historical fiction as a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real, drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons. The main characters, however, tend to be fictional. GOF focuses on a Greek soldier (Xeones) who has been badly injured at the Battle of Thermopylae and captured by the Persians. The story is his recounting of growing up in Greece and eventually becoming a servant to a Spartan soldier. He recounts his story to the Persian king (Xerxes).
The text of this book is rather graphic. It has gruesome depictions of war and the collateral damage that accompanies it. There is also quite a bit of foul language.
Read the Introduction and first three chapters of Gates of Fire. Be able to answers these three questions and define the terms.
1. How would you describe the interaction between Xoenes and the Persian emperor, Xerxes?
2. What is the significance of Apollo’s appearance in the first chapter?
3. The Spartans have a reputation as one of the most highly disciplined, well-trained fighting forces in history. How would you compare that description to the training of the army of Astakos in Chapter 3?
Terms to know
For tonight’s homework I would like you to read the attached file on the Greeks and do something a little different. Rather than answering questions tonight, I would like you to ask them. Please formulate four questions that best encapsulate the important points from tonight’s reading. I would encourage you to use previous posts to inspire your thought process. Each student will be asked to share his four questions in class tomorrow. Have fun.
Also, I remind you that we will meet next Monday but not meet on Wednesday.
For homework please do the following in preparation for your in-class writing on Thursday.
1. Review the O’Brien essay. Identify the one or two most important themes of his essay. Focus particularly on what he concludes is a “true war story”.
2. Use O’Brien’s conclusion evaluate whether The Iliad is a “true war story”. Choose passages in The Iliad that we have read and discussed in class which support your thesis.
Lastly, we will begin reading Gates of Fire next. Make sure you have a copy.