We are asking each of you to complete one of the assignments adapted from Nagy’s course: General Education 1074: The Ancient Greek Hero partly as a way to share with you some of the work Nagy and his team of teaching assistants have been developing over the years and to promote a more general discussion about how to involve students in the study of ancient Greek literature. Each of these assignments will call for you to reflect on your place in one of your social groups or communities. If you wish, for the purposes of discussion in the context of this seminar, you may reflect on a fictionalized version of yourself. When it comes to the nature of this community, the more tightly-knit the group, the better. There should also be an “intergenerational” dynamic within the group, whether involving earlier and later generations or merely younger and older members. For example, you might focus on your immediate or extended family, a group of dear friends, a religious congregation, a military unit, a music performance group, a long-standing business or enterprise, or an athletic team. As outlined in the agenda, each of you is to complete only one exercise, and you are free to set the context of your exercise in the past, present, or future. You should also include additional commentary to provide whatever information is necessary for other members of the seminar to understand and discuss your composition. Here are links to the exercises.
In addition to completing the exercises, we invite you to comment about your experience in the forum connected with each of the exercises as outlined in the agenda and share your reflections in response to the following:
- What was your experience in completing the exercise? (What was challenging? What was unexpected? What did you learn?)
- How might you adapt this exercise for your students?
- What other types of material might you use alongside the primary sources involved in the exercise?
- What are possible pitfalls of this material and/or this exercise for your students?
- How might colleagues of yours use adaptations of this exercise or the primary sources in their teaching?
Here are links to the fora:
Lament Exercise (July 25: Session 4)
Vase Painting Exercise (July 26: Session 4)
Ainos Exercise (July 27: Session 4)
Tragedy Exercise (July 28: Session 4)
Otherworldly Dialogue Exercise (July 29: Session 3)
As you work through your assigned exercise and respond to the questions above, we invite you to view the assignments, which students in Nagy’s course received last fall as authored by Keith Stone, who will be participating in the seminar this summer, and who will be particularly interested in your perspectives.