Connections to ancestors
- How does the tomb of a hero serve as a focal point, both ritually and literarily, linking the past to the present and the present to the past?
- In what way did heroes connect the ancient Greeks to their ancestors?
- How does community give meaning to the ritualized practices found in ancient Greece? Can it be said that these practices are "religious"?
A discussion of Iliad 23 and Iliad 7
Reference to tombs of unknown heroes; video of approximately 6 minutes (start at 06:29 and watch through 12:35).
A discussion of myth and ritual as communal phenomena
Video of approximately 30 minutes.
"Extra credit" reading:
Read a comparative analysis of Pindar's Pythian 8 and poems by Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman; essay of approximately 2,000 words.