The midterm in itself was not very difficult, I do believe you took it easy on us this time. I was stressing about this test for a week and when I took it I believe I was overthinking some of the questions. I did not do the best that I could on it because of I was anxious but I did put as much effort as I could into it. The only thing that saved me was knowing what stories all the quotes came from, but I could have elaborated more on the places and themes.
The important thing here is that I identified the mistakes that I made. That in and of itself will help me know that have an understanding of the material, even if I did make silly mistakes on the actual exam. The best thing that I could do now is look over those mistakes. Find the trends that I have been doing in the in class quizzes; am I consistently forget the same couple steps in multiple questions? Am I consistently approaching problems incorrectly somehow? At this point in the semester I will look for those kinds of things, identify them, and work on improving on them for the next exam. Also, I will be going to your office hours more often to gain any knowledge I can or if I need any help, or even just for advice on how to improve for the next exam.
02/25/16 My home notes for the book Trojan Women:
Euripides’ The Trojan Women focuses on not just the Trojan War, but the aftermath of the Trojan War in the eyes of women. This is unique in the fact that what we have focused on so far in the course has been a focus on men. Seeing the war through the eyes of women, it is particularly easy to notice that women tend to dramatically portray the tragedy and emotion that comes with war more often than men.
The best example of this portrayal would be to compare The Trojan Women and The Melian Dialogue as a whole. In The Melian Dialogue, the Athenians can be directly compared to those in The Trojan Women. They are boastful in the victory, and confident in their ability to conquer the Melians. In The Melian Dialogue, they make the comment that they are defeating the Melians to destroy, “subjects who may some day rise up and overcome their former masters.” In The Trojan Women, this attitude is again portrayed, which eventually leads to the death of baby Astyanax. The Athenians are afraid that one day, he will rise and conquer them so rather than waiting for that day, they kill him as an infant.
The brutality of the Athenians is evident in both works, as well, and not simply in the murder of baby Astyanax. They use force to take over the Melians, and are stubborn in their negotiation. In the dialogue, they say, “For we want to make you ours with the least trouble to ourselves.” In terms of war, they take over the Melians with no sympathy. As far as The Trojan Women go, they do make these women theirs by enslaving them and taking away their freedom.
Euripides play Trojan Women is another play about the war. In this play there Euripides addresses the Peloponnesian war between Sparta and Athens. During this time the Athenians are trying to Conquer Melians, who are neutral. The Melians tries house rhetoric to convince the Athenians that it is not smart to take over a neutral city, and that it could just cause even more conflict. The Athenians proceeds to conquer the city anyways, and so the Melians prepare to fight back. However, they were soon forced to surrender to the Athenians and the men were killed, while the women and children were forced into slavery. In Euripides play, The Melian women are lamenting the men and the fact that they will now become slaves. This is another tragic story about war. I find it interesting that it focuses more so on the women during this time and their feelings regarding the war. This is similar to the Iliad, where Andromache expresses her grief about the war before Hector leaves to join the Trojan troops. Another female perspective is in Euripides play, Iphigenia, when she expresses her content with her sacrifice. Euripides writes from the Trojan women’s perspective, revealing the pain and suffering the women had to endure. The audience is able to connect more with the women. However, in the Melian Dialogue, I feel as if it the story is written from an unbiased perspective. Not only can the audience resonate with the Trojan war, but they can also learn the real motives behind the Athenians attack as well. However, I feel as though the Melian Dialogue did make it seem as if the surviving women were not treated as bad, whereas in Trojan Women, the women were immediately conquered and forced into slavery. Both plays have similar a similar and plot, but each take on different perspectives.
According to Dr. Gruber’s Common session 03/02/16:
The Euripides’ Trojan Women story, like the Rhesus, focuses on the experience of the Trojans and, in this case, its titular women in the aftermath of the Trojan War. It appeared on stage in 415 BC, the year after Athens had sacked the city of Melos, killing its adult men while sending women and children into slavery. The attack on Melos, which had attempted to remain neutral in the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens, shocked Greek sensibilities. The theme of justice (often divine) in contradiction to the pragmatism of “might makes right” is a theme of both the Trojan Women and the work of another contemporary Athenian author, Thucydides. His history of the Peloponnesian War included a set-piece dialogue between the Athenians and the Melians.
The common session was very insightful. These videos always give me an extra inside to what is going on in the play and what I like most is that everyone brings their views and discusses them. If I was able to join in the chat room, unfortunately I was at work, I would add how at the end of the war all the men have been killed so all that is left is women basically. Then it starts with Athena and Poseidon making amends (because they were on opposing sides during the war) and plotting revenge on the Greeks because they disrespected Athena. So then it talks about how Agamemnon is taking Cassandra (I think she’s Hecuba’s daughter too) because he’s fallen in love with her. So then Andromache and Hectors baby gets thrown from the Trojan gates and Andromache tells Hecuba to bury him. On March 8th, the next common session, I hopefully can participate in the discussion instead of just watching the video.
Thursday February 25, 2016 3:30pm — 4:50pm at the National Gallery of Art in the West Building Lecture Hall:
The panel today was the same speakers from last week and the first slide was about the Head of god or a poet. Houston, Museum of Fine Arts. It shows a picture of man that looks similar to what some people would say Jesus looked like. The back of the head was pretty much destroyed and the upper teeth was visible. Some of the features to notice was the hair covering the ear and the mouth is half open. She would also talk about other pictures such as the Silver tetradrachm of Anigonous Doson. 229–221 BC, the Statue of Zeus, Presden type. Fifth century BCE. She then started talking about if the picture is a god or poet. She talks about how Homer was blind. And the statue of him has his eyes almost closed and they were many more statues of Homer and so many wanted to make sure they noticed he was blind. Toward the end she tries to answer the question and says its either a poet and a god. She said we can see it in our on right. Then after the PowerPoint from Mrs. Pinney, Mr. Nagy started speaking about Homer and the Iliad. While he was speaking I learned some new Greek terms.
Sunday 02/28/16 Scavenger hunt:
This extra credit opportunity I enjoyed the most. It was really fun to engage with my classmates and other students from different classes learning the same material. Let me first start off by saying how beautiful the statues are and how much history is there at the museum. We were split up into groups of four and then set on our way to answer 20 questions about the culture. My group was very knowledgeable about Greek culture and I had a blast competing against other students. We finished our questions pretty quickly because we were the smartest and all lol. I still do not know who one the scavenger hunt but I am pretty sure we are the champions of Greek Literature.