Saturday, March 12, 2011

Clash of the Titans: Greek Mythology

This is movie has made many teens start enjoying learning about the Greek Mythology. I liked it and these activities are culturally enriching and fun too.

I. Before watching the segment, make a guess, matching the Gods and their names.

1. Zeus

2. Poseidon

3. Hades

4. Hera

5. Ares

6. Athena

7. Apollo

8. Aphrodite

9. Hermes

10. Hephaestus

( ) Tricked by Zeus to rule the sickening Underworld in chaos and terror.

( ) King of the Gods

( ) The Lord of the Seas

( ) She is Zeus's wife and sister. She is the protector of marriage and takes special care of married women.

( ) He is the son of Zeus and Hera. He was disliked by both parents. He is the god of war.

( ) He is the son of Zeus and Leto. He is the god of music, playing a golden lyre. The god of light. The god of truth, who can not speak a lie.

( ) She is the daughter of Zeus. She is the goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture.

( ) She is the goddess of love, desire and beauty. She has a magical girdle that compels anyone she wishes to desire her.

( ) Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god to be physically ugly. He is also lame.

( ) He is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is Zeus messenger. He is the fastest of the gods. He wears winged sandals, a winged hat, and carries a magic wand. He is the god of thieves and god of commerce.

3, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 6, 8, 10, 9

II. Play a game. Decide if the statements below are TRUE or FALSE. The winner is the groups that scores most correct answers.

1. ( ) The role of the hero is mapped out in such recurring themes as the separation from the mother, the overcoming of obstacles, and the finding and supplanting of the father.

2. ( ) The gods were differentiated from the heroes not so much by their strength as by their supernatural power.

3. ( ) Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines, and other mythological creatures.

4. ( ) In the wide variety of myths and legends that Greek mythology consists of, the gods that were native to the Greek peoples are described as having ideal bodies.

5. ( ) The Greek gods are persons, not abstractions, ideas or concepts.

6. ( ) Ancient Greek gods have many fantastic abilities; most significantly, the gods are not affected by disease, and can be wounded only under highly unusual circumstances.

7. ( ) The Greeks considered immortality and unfading youth as the distinctive characteristic of their gods.

8. ( ) Each god descends from his or her own genealogy, has differing interests, a certain area of expertise, and is governed by a unique personality.

9. ( ) The stories generally suggest that relationships between gods and mortals are something to avoid; even consenting relationships rarely have happy endings.

10. ( ) The Greek people used myth to explain natural phenomena, cultural variations, traditional enmities and friendships.

Answer key: All are true.

III. Watch the movie segment and discuss the scene:

1. Describe the scene.

2. Which Greek gods, heroes or myths were mentioned in the segment?

3. What's your opinion about Greek mythology?

4. According to the scene, how would you describe the main characters?

5. Would you like to have lived in Greece in those times? Why (not)?

6. How different are the Greek gods and heroes from the ones in your own culture?


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