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Monday, July 17

  1. page Calypso and Odysseus edited {Odysseus_and_Calypso.jpg} Does anyone want to comment on this painting of Odysseus on Calypso'…
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    Does anyone want to comment on this painting of Odysseus on Calypso's island?
    When I look at this picture I see it reminded me of this quotation:
    "As soon as Circe saw me,huddled, not touching myod or drink? Suspect me of still more treachery? Nothing to fear.Haven't I just sworn my solemn, binding oath?' page:242 line:225Although this quote is talking about Circe and Odysseus, I feel this picture displays how Odysseus is furious at himself for being in the cave with Calypso. In the picture it is daytime and that also shows me that he has already slept or is going to sleep with Calypso. (Ariel Carlin)
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    Calypso's name is often translated as "the concealer." Who or what is she concealing? From whom?
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Friday, February 5

  1. page Circe and Odysseus edited {Circe_turning_men_into_swine.jpg} STEVN DIDIGT DIDIG IT As you research the relationship betw…
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    As you research the relationship between these characters, consider these questions:
    What events occurred just prior to landing on Circe's island?ysseus and his men arrive on Aeolus’s island, where Aeolus captures the wind and puts it into a bag for Odysseus, which will make for an easy journey back to Ithaca. However, the men believe that what is contained in the bag is a treasure which Odysseus does not want to share amongst them all. Therefore, when he falls asleep, the men open the bag and thus release the wind which it contains. The ship is then blown back to Aeolus’s island where Odysseus asks him if he could return the winds to the bag. However, Aeolus refuses to help them, as he believes that they are cursed, for he does not understand why if they were given this gift they would sacrifice it. The reason is because the men chose not to control their desires.
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    {OdysseusCirce.jpg} This is a photo of a pot that has a picture of Odysseus and Circe on it. I got this image from http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/ambrose/supplementaryslides2.html. -L
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    {OdysseusCirce.jpg} This is a photo of a pot that has a picture of Odysseus and Circe on it. I got this image from http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/ambrose/supplementaryslides2.html. -L
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    This is the picture of Odysseus and Circe captured from the movie.
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    on Circe's island?
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    Prior to arriving on Circe’s island, Odysseus and his men stopped at the island of the Laestrygonians in hopes of finding food. However, they were unaware that the Laestrygonians consist of a group of giants and cannibals. Unfortunately, the Laestrygonians consume some of the men before they are able to flee from the island. This misfortunate is much like the adventure on the island of the Cyclops, a land also populated by giants who are cannibals. One of these Cyclops decides that he will devour both Odysseus and his men; however, he only succeeds in eating a few of them, for Odysseus is able to create an escape plan before he can consume the rest. Both the island of the Laestrygonians and the island of the Cyclops represent the opposite of the Greek “ideal” city, for they consist of selfish and lawless peoples, which is unlike the Greeks who value civilization and knowledge.
    -Aris Margosian
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    As you research the relationship between these characters, consider these questions:
    What events occurred just prior to landing on Circe's island?
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Monday, December 7

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    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus shows bad leadership qualities during his victory of the land of the dead
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Sunday, December 6

  1. page Leadership Lessons edited Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless. Odysseus was a horrible l…
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.
    Odysseus was a horrible leader. he was selfish, inmature, and careless.

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Wednesday, December 2

  1. page Leadership Lessons edited {http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JdLVEtm-eT0/SJ2yzn8FFdI/AAAAAAAAAoQ/LGz-zDSelhY/s400/Draper%2520-%2520…
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    What do you think of this statue of Athena Parthenos? Is Athena a leader?
    I think Athena is a good leader especially when she looks out for two of her favorite mortals, Odysseus and Telemachus. She is the one who at the beginning seeks permission from Zeus to go help Telemachus. Athena has always been connected and worried about Odysseus "my heart breaks for Odysseus" (1.57) so she decides to go find his son. When she goes to the house of Odysseus and Penelope she disguises herself as Mentes, an old friend of Odysseus. She sees that Telemachus is a good Greek boy because he welcomes her into his home. She is the one who gives Telemachus the expert and wise advice to not go on acting like a boy and to take charge. She is incredibly concerned about Odysseus so she takes action, like a good leader should. She is always look out for Telemachus and Odysseus. Kelly Schimmel
    1. Each of you might choose a scene or story in The Odyssey when Telemachus, Odysseus, or Penelope demonstrates good leadership qualities or demonstrates good decision-making skills.
    2. You can also point out the many bad examples in the story where Odysseus allows his anger, pride, or "warrior spirit" to get the better of him.
    3. See if you can find evidence of Penelope's lessons in leadership. They may be more subtle. They could be symbolic. They could even be very strong and confrontational!
    4. You might also look at simple gestures of xenia. We know Zeus and Athena value proper ritual and respect. Do you find any evidence that the royal family of Ithaka shows humility, respect, and hospitality?
    5. Are there any examples of good leadership in the various stories that came out of their combat at Troy?
    6. What about the sons of Atreus? Odysseus is a minor king from a minor rock of an island, but Agamemnon and Menelaus rule the Greek world between them. Do they strike you as great leaders? Explain.
    7. Have you encountered any examples of great leaders in Western Civilization class? Could you name them and speak about their achievements or qualities that make them great?
    8. If you've seen Oedipus Rex, you know that a good leader must be able to listen. Is that quality important in The Odyssey?
    9. One way we know how good a leader Odysseus is is how greatly he is respected by the poorest members of Ithaka. Provide evidence of their love for him.
    question 1: I think that the scene where with the Lotus-Eaters is a very good and clear example that demonstrates Odysseus as an amazing leader. To summarize the scene, it was when the crew went off to "mingle among the natives and were offered a taste of the lotus fruit by a group of natives. However, when they bit into it, they lost all desire to return home because they were only concentrated on eating more of the addicting fruit. Odysseus's mind at the time was completely focused on returning home immediately with his crew. So, he physically dragged his men to the ship and was forced to tie them to the benches in order for them to not escape. This clearly shows Odysseus's determination and dedication to the crew. He risked himself in order to return home with his men. These men were clearly very important to him since they had been through so much for so long together and Odyseuss, realizing this, will not let anything get in his way to save his men. page 214
    Kelly Schimmel
    Question 2: Odysseus shows bad leadership qualities during his victory of escaping the island of the Cyclops and capturing the sheep as well. His pride gets to him when he feels the need to sure his real name with Polyphemus so he can get credit for his strategy of escaping the cave. First of all, he was the reason for getting stuck in the cave so Odysseus was really only making up for his mistake. There was also no need for him to share his name. A responsible, smart leader would get on the ship, make sure all his men were safely onboard, and leave as quickly as possible. Odysseus, ignoring his men that are pleading for him to go decide to linger around the island I little bit more taunting Polyphemus. This scene shows Odysseus as a poor leader.
    Sydney Izen
    Question 4: The royal family of Ithaka shows xenia and respect to strangers and hospitality. Penelope and Telemachus choose not to throw the obnoxious suitors out, either, which shows that they are willing to sacrifice their kingdom in order to please the gods and respect strangers. Strangers must be respected because they could be gods or goddesses in disguise, if the strangers were disrespected then the god would be disrespected. When Mentor, who is really Athena, comes to Telemachus and to talk to him, Telemachus does not know who the stranger is but he still offers him a comfortable seat and food and drink. Telemachus shows humility by sitting on a lower seat than the man, which portrays that the stranger, who Telemachus learns to be one of his father's friends, in a respectful manner. The royal family is respectful to all strangers, even if they are the suitors, because it goes against the proper rules of xenia.
    Casey Costello
    Another time Odysseus shows good leadership skills is when his men are held captive by Circe and he goes alone to capture them. He feels it is his duty to save them because he is their leader and sent them on the mission in the first place to find food. Odysseus sacrifices himself, by obeying Circe and having an affair with her so his men can be turned back from animals into men. This was a very selfless and smart move for Odysseus to make and I feel it helps emphasize his good leadership qualities. However, there is some contradiction to this act because Odysseus is married and it included cheating on Penelope and becoming disloyal. Odysseus also did not just have an affair with Circe once, but for an entire year. (Sydney Izen)
    Another time Odysseus was not entirely a good leader was when his men disobeyed him and ate the cattle of the sun. They disregarded everything he had told, including that they would die if they ate the cows. Odysseus was not it control of his crew and this showed that he was not a strong leader. A good leader would be someone who people would want to follow because they knew that he knew what he was doing. Obviously the crew did not trust Odysseus here, just like how they did not trust him with the bag of winds. Odysseus was not charismatic enough for his men to follow him, therefore he was not as good of a leader as he could have been. In this incident, Odysseus was not a good leader and his bad leadership caused all of his men to die.
    Casey Costello
    Question 8: In Oedipus Rex, we learn that listening is a very important quality in a good leader. Oedipus Rex, was not a good listener when people were telling him things about himself, but he was a good listener being the ruler of his country. Oedipus Rex would have been an even better leader if he learned to listen in his own life. When people tried to tell him thing about himself and his life, he would not listen which is one of the flaws he had which caused his exile and suffering.
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    Odysseus is not a great listener. He does not listen to his shipmates, and they don't listen to him. An example of Odysseus not being a great listener was when they were on the island of the Cyclops and the men were telling Odysseus not to torment and taunt the Cyclops. He did not listen which ended up in the reason why Odysseus and his shipmates are not at home in the book currently. Poseidon cursed them for killing his son. An example, of Odysseus' shipmates not listening to him is when Odysseus was given the sack that helped the men get home and told them not to touch it. Instead, they opened the sack which caused them not to return home once again.
    A similarity between Oedipus and Odysseus is that they both do not listen to their community and peers and this ends up in both of them suffering. (Amanda Feldman)
    Question 8: An example of Odyseeus being a good listener is when he goes to the Underworld to talk to Tieresias because Circe said that he was their only way to get back home. Odysseus listened to Circe and went to talk to the old dead prophet. Odyessus talked to Elpenor, a recently dead member of Odysseus's crew, whose body was left on Circe's island without being buried with respect. Odysseus followed Tieresias's directions and did what Elpenor asked of him, which was returning to Circe's and bury him. This was one of the only times Odysseus actually listened to people and this was why he almost succeeded in getting home. But then, his crew did not listen to him or Tieresias and they angered Zeus, so Odysseus was punished once again. Everyone else died, all of his crew died, but he survived and was thrown onto Calypso's island. (Casey Costello)
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    Question 1: All of the main characters in the "Odyssey" shows good and bad leadership skills. As well as Odysseus, I believe that Telemachus shows strong leadership skills. One of the reasons I believe Telemachus has strong leadership qualities in his personality is because Odysseus has strong leadership skills and Telemachus inherits these. An example of Telemachus being a good leader is at the beginning of the book, when he was talking to the community. The suitors of his mother were all harassing him and being quite rude, however Telemachus continued to focus and speak strongly. Another reason I think he has strong leadership qualities is because to be a good leader during the times and after times of the Trojan War you need to be brave. Telemachus definitely shows bravery when he decides to sail off to find his father on the ocean. He has to go on a journey, meet new people, and sail through an unfamiliar area as a young man. I believe this quality shows good leadership. (Amanda Feldman)
    Question 1: Another time that Odysseus is shown being a good leader is when all of the men are in the Trojan horse. Helen magically changes her voice to sound like all the wives of the men in the horse. She was attempting to trick them and lure them into coming out of the horse. They all want to jump out of the horse and see their "wives", but Odysseus knows better. Odysseus "damped our ardor, reined us back." This shows his dedication and intelligence during the war. There was one man who almost shouted out to his "wife," but Odysseus "clamped his great hands on the man's mouth." The men believe that this great action that Odysseus took saved them all that day. page 133. (kelly schimmel)
    Question 1: Penelope is not as open as a leader but she shows that she is as strong and as good at making important and hard decisions as men are, if not better. Penelope was surrounded by hundreds of men some of whom were most likely good looking. Even though all of these men were around her from morning until night, she was never unfaithful to Odysseus. She chose to not to believe that her husband was dead and get remarried. This showed good decision making because the readers know that Odysseus is still alive. Penelope is also a good leader because she had kept the kingdom for falling apart for almost 20 years, before Telemachus grew up. She tried to keep the palace from the suitors and managed to keep it out of bad hands. The suitors were only there to get power and Penelope was strong enough to resist them. Telemachus and Penelope would not be the Prince and Queen of Ithaka if Penelope was not a strong leader. (Casey Costello)
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    The picture of Odysseus stuck to the mass of the boat with the rest of his men staying on task I feel provided a good visual image of Odysseus and his crew. It shows Odysseus is the leader, standing up witnessing the Sirens while the rest of his crew is paddling and has earwax in so they can't hear the songs sung by them. Odysseus is clearly the leader and in charge at this moment and many others. (Sydney Izen)
    I think that Odysseus is a good leader when he and his crew arrive at Circe's island. He kills a stag and chooses to share it with the rest of his men. This shows that they have a dependency on their leader, and he reacts by accepting this responsibility. Also, when he finds out that his men have been turned into animals, he risks himself being turned into one because he felt as though he needed to save his men. This show the immense dedication that he has when it comes to his men (Kelly Schimmel)
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    If Odysseus were a perfect leader his crew would show their respect towards him increasingly more and their obedience. Twice, when Odysseus has fallen asleep his crew has gone behind his back and done something they were told not to that has gotten them in trouble. On the boat home to Ithaca they opened the bag of winds because they felt Odysseus was hiding a treasure from them. Then when on the island with the cattle of the sun Odysseus strictly ordered them not to eat the cattle, and one night when Odysseus fell asleep they slaughtered the cattle. A crew should have solid trust in their leader that everything they tell them has significant meaning and they shouldn’t feel the need to go behind their leaders back. This shows the lack of trust the crew has for Odysseus and hints that he may have gone behind the crews back before for them to feel the need to do this. (Sydney Izen)
    Question 10: In book 14, Eumaeus and Odysseus meet for the first time in 20 years, and even though Eumaeus does not recognize Odysseus, he still invited him into his house. There, Eumaeus tells Odysseus about his master who he respected so much and he even called his master his brother. Eumaeus loved Odysseus and he thought that Odysseus was the best leader of Ithaka. He scorns all of the suitors because he does not like them as people or as leaders. Eumaeus wishes his master would come back. Eumaeus and Telemachus have also become friends because Eumaeus has been a father figure in Telemachus's life. This shows that Eumaeus, a poor swineherd, loves both his master and his master's son as more than just masters, but as family. This shows how good of leaders they are. (Casey Costello)
    The fact that Odysseus lost all of his men on their journey and trip home shows that Odysseus is not a very good leader. I believe that Odysseus started out as a good leader when he was fighting at Troy. In Troy many people looked up to him and thought he was great leader because his fighting techniques and the fact that he saves people's lives. Through Odysseus' journey he continued to show decreasing leadership, falling asleep on his men, thinking about himself, his stupidity. I am not saying he is a bad leader, I just believe that his leadership abilities has decresed as the story hs gone on.
    (Amanda Feldman)
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    In this photo Penelope looks very elogant and beautiful witht he view of her body straight on and her head tilted and looking over to the side. However she looks very sad with her eyes looking a little cross-eyed and shut like she had been crying for days and days for Odyseeus to come home. Eventhough she looks quite sad, she looks like a leader with her long neck and her good posture. She looks as if she can take on the suitors by herself.
    (Amanda Feldman)
    I feel Odysseus shows quality leadership skills in front of and for his crew along with his son and wife. This is a very important aspect to a good, well honored and respected leader. They should show their strengths on and off the battle field. When coming up with his plan to kill the suitors, get his palace back, and make sure everyone working for him is trustworthy these qualities shined through. He gave his son specific instructions on how to go about this plan and how they were specifically going to execute it. This allowed for the plan to run smoothly and avoid coming across any obstacles. Although, i feel this may have been uncomfortable for Odysseus to act like a boss to his son after being away from him for so long, it was completely necessary and allowed the murder to run as expected without any flaws. (Sydney Izen)

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Thursday, November 19

  1. page The Story of Achilles edited ... -Sara Brakeman 2. Does Achilles have a female love interest in The Iliad? I seem to remember …
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    2. Does Achilles have a female love interest in The Iliad? I seem to remember that the girl was a prize. What happens to her?Briseis is a female love interest of Achilles. She is a Trojan widow, and Achilles has killed her brothers and husband in a raid on the city of Lyrnessus. She is taken by Achilles as a prize. Achilles grows to love her very much. However, Agamemnon forces Achilles to give Briseis to him because an oracle told Agamemnon to rid himself of his woman, Chryseis. Achilles refuses to fight in the war after Briseis is taken, and the Greeks lose many battles because they do not have Achilles fighting for them anymore. Achilles enters the battle again after Patroclus is killed. -Sara Brakeman
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Wednesday, May 27

  1. page The Suitors edited ... 1) Try to find the names of any of the suitors besides Antinous. If you can, try to figure out…
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    1) Try to find the names of any of the suitors besides Antinous. If you can, try to figure out if there is anything unique in these other bad characters. Are any of them remorseful or nice?
    Eurymachus- deceitful suitor; charisma allows him to influence the other suitors.
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    Leodes, Oenops son- a suitor who steps up and tries to string Odysseus' bow in book 21, and later comes to his senses.
    Melanthius- the next suitor who thinks he can string Odysseus' bow because he is a champion. he is also strong and a little bit tooooo proud. julia johnson
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    6) See if you can find other portrayals of the suitors in art. The men in the picture above look young, buff, and very appealling. Can you find any pictures that are more in keeping with the description we see in The Odyssey? Post them here.
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    We are skipping the book where this scene takes place. It is called "The Beggar King of Ithaka." In it, Irus, the beggar who has lived off the suitors for ten years, makes the mistake of trying to fight Odysseus, who is disguised as a poor wanderer. As you can imagine, Odysseus clobbers the beggar. Penelope hears the noise and complains to Telemachus that it is a great shame on the reputation of her family to allow fighting in the home. She does not recognize Odysseus -- or does she?
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    A person or group seeking to purchase controlling interest in a company.
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    the word suitor. Itsuitor.It was established
    The suitors are horrible people who want nothing but the throne that belongs to Odysseus. They do not have any intention of loving the queen, Penelope, or treating her with any respect. Their goal is to win her hand in marriage and rule Ithaca the way they please (this comes with power, wealth, and the title as king). They are putting Penelope in a horrible position as they expect her to move on from Odysseus, the only man she has ever truly loved.
    In comparison to the whole story, the suitors play a minor part. However, through the eyes of Penelope and Telemechus, they play a very big part. The suitors even try to convince Telemechus to talk to his mother so that she will move on. As long as Penelope stays strong, despite the current circumstances, I have faith that she will make the right choice and not marry any of these men. (Aiofe Raja)
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