Theseus

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16 08, 2017

Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

3 08, 2017

The Knight’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:13:53-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Medieval knights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art A story about Theseus Chaucer set his Knight's Tale in ancient Greece, and it's about Theseus, the king of Athens in Greek mythology. (So we can see that these medieval people knew all about Greek mythology!). In the story, Theseus is just coming back to Athens after [...]

16 07, 2017

Theseus and Ariadne – Greek mythology

By |2019-09-17T10:59:18-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

Theseus leaves Ariadne on Delos - fresco painting from Pompeii Theseus and Ariadne were on their way home from Crete after killing the Minotaur. But when they got to the island of Delos, halfway home from Crete, they stopped to rest. Ariadne fell asleep, and Theseus left her there on the island and sailed away to Athens without her. [...]

16 07, 2017

Theseus kills the Minotaur – Greek myth

By |2018-04-23T13:36:45-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Theseus and the Minotaur - Athenian black-figure vase, ca. 550 BC According to the Greek story, Prince Theseus was the son of King Aegeus of Athens, not too long before the Trojan War (so maybe around 1300 BC). At this time the Minoans, who lived on the island of Crete, had a very strong navy. The Minoan king, King [...]

11 07, 2017

Phaedra’s suicide – Euripides’ Phaedra

By |2018-06-19T15:58:18-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

After Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus drives his chariot away (On a red-figure vase from Southern Italy, ca. 350 BC) Phaedra - the second half of the play So the clueless chorus is singing about the need for love and balance in people's lives. (What's the beginning of Phaedra's story?) Phaedra's suicide But suddenly Phaedra's [...]

10 07, 2017

Phaedra and Hippolytus – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T09:09:06-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Phaedra falls in love with the hunter Hippolytus (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Phaedra is a play written by the Greek playwright Euripides. It is concerned with dike, justice, but also with sophrosyne, or control: how do people control themselves? When should they control themselves? Is control always good? In this way, the play [...]

10 07, 2017

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles

By |2018-04-23T08:49:31-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

A later painting of Antigone and Oedipus, by Camille Felix Bellanger, in the 1800s. Oedipus at Colonus is a play written by Sophocles. It tells the story of what happened to Oedipus after he left Thebes. Oedipus is old now, and he's blind, because he pulled out his own eyes. His daughter (and [...]

7 07, 2017

Minoan Crete – Bronze Age Greece

By |2018-04-23T07:37:26-07:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

Map of Minoan Crete Sometime in the Neolithic period - the Late Stone Age - people came to live on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. Nobody knows for sure where these people came from. It might be West Asia, or it might be Greece, or it might even be Egypt. Up [...]