Egyptian Love Poetry and Mummies and The Athenian Acropolis and Greek Theater
1. “Egyptian Love Poetry and Mummies” Please respond to the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:
- From the samples of Egyptian love poetry, identify one (1) or two (2) lines that you especially enjoy or find interesting, and compare this poetry to some aspect of modern life. Next, describe two (2) aspects of Egyptian mummification and the early Egyptians’ beliefs related to mummification that you find surprising or intriguing. These funerary practices were driven by certain Egyptian ideas of the afterlife; compare these to modern beliefs and practices.
- Chapter 3 (pp. 86-8), Egyptian music
- Egyptian love poetry at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/2000egypt-love.asp and http://www.humanistictexts.org/egyptlov.htm; as in the Old Testament’s “Song of Solomon,” the terms “brother” and “sister” are terms of affection and do not refer to a biological relationship
- Chapter 3 (pp. 74-5, 86, 89-91), Egyptian mummification and beliefs about afterlife
- Egyptian mummification and burial at http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/mummies/explore/main.html
- Atlanta Michael Carlos Museum at http://carlos.emory.edu/COLLECTION/EGYPT/egypt01.html
- Egyptologist explains mummification at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/afterlife-ancient-egypt.html
- Identify two (2) specific aspects of the Athenian Acropolis and its Parthenon, and explain their significance to ancient Greek culture and the western heritage in the arts. Comment on one (1) feature of the ancient Greek theater that you find especially intriguing. Explain the manner in which audiences today might receive the plot of the comedy Lysistrata, and compare Lysistrata to a specific modern work of stage or film.
Athenian Acropolis and the Greek Theater
- Chapter 5 (pp. 140-147) Athenian Acropolis and Art, (pp. 151-156), ancient Greek drama
- Video with article from British Museum’s Elgin marbles (from the Acropolis) athttp://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/galleries/ancient_greece_and_rome/room_18_greece_parthenon_scu.aspx
- Article with video of digital reconstruction of the Parthenon athttp://arth251f11.blogs.wm.edu/2011/09/17/digital-reconstruction-of-the-parthenon/
- Theater at Epidauros (double click on images to enlarge) athttp://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/artifact?name=Epidauros%2C+Theater&object=Building
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