12 Olympians, a Titan and a Primordial Monster

In this week’s lessons, we have been continuing to explore how comics work. We looked at two comic pages at the start of each lesson, and discussed how they used the panels to show different parts of the story, as well as how the reader needs to use their own imagination to draw out the stories that are implied in the panels. 

We then looked at one of the primordial gods featured in the card set I made for you all: a Titan called Cronus. We saw how Cronus overpowered his own father, Ouranos, at the encouragement of his mother, Gaia, but then he himself was troubled by a similar prophecy that his own child would rise up against him. As a result, he would eat all of his children as soon as they were born! His wife, Rhea, soon grew tired of this, and tricked him with a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes. She then hid the infant on Crete, where he was brought up by nymphs and grew up to be Zeus. Zeus became a servant in the palace of Cronus, and then gave him a drink that made him vomit up all the other children. These children were the Olympian gods.

We did a quiz on the Olympian gods to explore who they were, and what their areas of power were. There are traditionally twelve, though sometimes Dionysus is included. 

We looked at the Parthenon Frieze again, which the Athenians created to show, amongst many other things, the Olympians relaxing, possibly at one of their many feasts. We looked at what might happen at an Olympian feast. The ancient Greek writers described the Olympian gods as eating a food called “ambrosia” and a drink called “nektar”. These were golden and smelled fragrant, but we don’t know that much else about them.

We also looked at sacrifice to the Olympians. The ancient Greeks would sacrifice white skinned animals to the Olympians, who were infertile. They would wrap the bones in fat and burn them to the gods, but then eat the edible meat.

We then translated chapter two of Telling Tales in Latin, which tells the story of the Four Ages of Mankind, starting with the Golden Age, under the reign of Saturn, when everything was shared and peaceful, and eventually descending to the violence and greed of the Iron Age.

Finally, we looked at one of the primordial creatures, the Hekatoncheires, who had one hundred hands and fifty heads, and were in charge of creating blustering winds. For your homework, I asked you to create your own Greek style monster! 

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