Weekly Journal #7

February 25, 2016 9:30 pm-10:30

I enjoyed today’s class because I learned a very good way of studying.. I don’t really have a strategic way of studying. But the fact that Professor Sandridge took the time out to give us different ways to study the material was pretty cool to me, so yeah Thanks for that! So I’m at work right now and I’m getting distracted because so many people would like to get their packages. I hate having to study while I’m at work..

Honestly, I did not know that the first book of the Iliad was that story of Chryses and his daughter Chryseis. I didn’t even know the story. I thought the first book of the iliad was the story about the marriage of Achilles parents’ wedding. I was super lost in class. That moment right there let me know that I need to take more time to read the stories and to keep going over older material. This way other events and people can stay fresh in my head. Sometimes, I read material and remember it long enough to take a quiz. That’s defintitely not good because then I end up in the position that I’m in right now. So in class I decided that it would be best for me to go over all my notes for the readings and skim through them.

Another thing I didn’t know the reason behind why Achilles was so humiliated by Agamemnon after their argument. But then I realized that He had taken Briseis away from him… (I think that any man would be humiliated if someone had just taken their “girl” from them and couldn’t do anything about it.) That’s good grounds for being upset.

One thing I thought about while reading about the plague was the story of Moses freeing the people of Egypt. God brought different diseases and disasters to Egypt because Pharoah would not let the people go free. So I thought about Agamemnon holding Chryseis and not giving her back to her father. Her father prayed to the god Apollo and he brought plagues upon the people just like God did in Egypt. Maybe I put too much thought into that… What do you think professor? I mean I know it doesn’t match perfectly… but you get it right? I hope so…

— Sidenote: When trying to make connections while reading these stories, I automatically think about the bible. I think that’s because I grew up in the church so I kind of know a lot of bible stories. And in Classical Mythology, we’ve been talking about the creation gods and things of that nature. Professor Mehta has been referring back to the bible a lot to make connections. It’s pretty cool sometimes. I remember my African American Studies professor, Dr. Woods, gave a lecture on the creation of mankind and the story of Jesus. He gave like the african versions and the bible versions. It was interesting. —

I think for me the best studying tactic for me would have to be going book by book. I tried doing it by characters only but I feel like their are a lot of characters. And I feel like since the stories are told from different perspectives, the roles don’t change but my perception of the character does.

I’m having a hard time with going over the themes with the stories. One of my favorite themes was the one about oikos “home” and homophroshune “likemindedness”. This was examplified in book 6 of the Odyssey. Penelope and Odysseus proved to have homophroshune when she finally realized that Odysseus had finally come home. They knew eachother so well. I believe they were both considered to be pretty clever. They had their own ways of testing eachother. The way she went ahead and made him tell the story about their bed was soooo great. Now that I think of it, it’s kind of funny. He’s was getting all upset and yelling while she was smiling and feeling overjoyed because her husband was finally home. *inserts heart eyes* Then he regained control of his oikos by killing the suitor that were in his home. So he gained his wife and house as soon as he returned home. This is without a doubt one of the only themes that I am really good at explaining.

I hope there’s a passage on the exam about book 6 of the iliad. I did know about the conversation that happened between Andromache and Hector. She was so sad because he was her like everything — her mother, father, husband, nurturer, everything… So to lose him was to lose everything. Then she knew life was going to be hard for baby Astyanax if he didn’t have his father around. She really didn’t want him to fight in the war. But here’s an example of a king wanting to receive glory for laying his life down for his country… Then he was pulled into it because of his brother Paris, who started the entire thing. Speaking of Hector, I didn’t know that Paris went MIA during the war to be with Helen. I think that it’s super insane for him to be that bold enough to leave a war HE STARTED, to be with Helen. I’m glad to know that Hector blasted him for this.

— So im thinking about the format for the test.. I’m nervous because I feel like the quotes are going to so hard to figure out where it’s coming from. Like I would probably be able to tell if the quote comes from the Iliad but I’m not sure if I would know the actual book number. That’s my dilemma. Yeah that sucks.. -__-

I wonder if he’ll pick a line we all have talked about over and over again or one where you could barely rememeber. I’m really nervous because I have a professor who does that and they choose the quote that doesn’t really stick out in anyway… I really look at their tests like WHY??? So yeah taht makes me nervous.. If I know the quote, I’ll be able to tell what happened before, after, and in between with no problem.. But I know we have to choose 3 of the quotes and I don’t want to take up too much time on one question.. But I know that I have to be detailed.

Im nervous.

A few terms to know:

  1. Kleos: glory. (what people think about you)… So when Agamemnon was faced with sacrificing his daughter or jeapordizing the lives of the greeks. He intitially decided to sacrifice Iphigenia because the people would glorify him and see him as being brave for killign his daughter for them. That was more important to him than than keeping her alive intitally.
  2. Aegis: breastplate. (Zeus’s breastplate that he normally lets Athena borrow whenever she wants.)
  3. Ekklesia: assembly. (All adult Athenian males were able to attend. They were able to voice their opinions on laws and decisions that were to be made.
  4. Boule: council. (A group of 50 Athenians who would be charged with developing things to be voted on at the ekklesia. They are randomly chosen and serve a 1 year term.)
Athenians are used to freedom of speech and would worry about clever and persuasive individuals like Odysseus.

5. philotimia: love of honor. All kings and gods love this.

I think those are a few of the terms that are pretty important to know…. I peeped those as I was going through my notes just now.. I don’t know, hopefully this test is not as bad as I think it will be.

February 29, 2016 12:00–1:00

I don’t think the test was THAT terrible… It was okay. I think I could have done a little better with remembering the names of the characters. One of the things that I forgot was the password Pheobus. Im so mad now because I knew it and I just could not remember it. I knew that putting that in the essay would have gotten me some points. That was such an important piece of information. Ugh!!

I liked that he chose quotes that stood out in the text. And I’m so glad that he put a question on there with Andromache and Hectors conversation. The class lecture on that was so good. I think it was just hard trying to figure out exactly what to write. I wanted to put the family members of some of the characters but I didn’t want to put a whole family tree on there. Idk, I didn’t know how selective to be with the information. If our other tests will be in this same format, I cannot wait until we get these tests back. Because then I can know what he’s looking for regarding the information.

Also, I was trying to make sure that I didn’t keep reusing the themes. Idk, I think I got a little anxious with the test… I don’t think I did too terrible though. Oh and the locations…….. I really drew a blank on those. Hopefully, it doesn’t affect me too bad. I tried not to use the location in my paper unless I was sure that it was correct. I would rather not use at all than to use it on the wrong passage.. Im glad that we can only for the most part gain points and not lose points. I think that’s more effective than just right or wrong answers. This is a good way for the professor as well as myself to see what I know.

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