Monthly Archives: January 2019

Aeschylus Eumenides discussion questions

Aeschylus, EUMENIDES Note the strange choral activity in this play Places Apollo’s temple at Delphi;  later, the Acropolis, and then the Areopagus in Athens Time Shortly after the murder of Clytemnestra Structure Fagles’pages Fagles’ lines (Grk lines) Part pp. 231-233 … Continue reading

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Aeschylus, Agamemnon teaching notes

  AESCHYLUS: ORESTEIA   Agamemnon:  Discussion Questions   How to proceed?  Read the play first, familiarizing yourself with the plot and the major thematic points.  Then go back through it slowly, taking into account the following questions (and coming up … Continue reading

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Daniel/Amos/Jonah: discussion questions

Some old discussion questions for an Honors class at Boston College on the prophets Daniel The Book of Daniel is set explicitly during the Babylonian Captivity, that 400-year period when the Israelites were forcibly removed from the Promised Land to … Continue reading

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Notes on Ovid’s Fasti 1.1-288

These are some notes I made for a class I taught over two decades ago at Boston College on Ovid’s Fasti, his epic poem on the Roman calendar,  At that time, there wasn’t a good commentary on Book 1, although … Continue reading

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Ovid’s Priapus (Notes on Fasti 1.391-441)

These are some notes I made for a class I taught over two decades ago at Boston College on Ovid’s Fasti, his epic poem on the Roman calendar,  At that time, there wasn’t a good commentary on Book 1, although … Continue reading

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John Ciardi, “About Rivers and Toes”

This is a poem I really like. John Ciardi, who was quite figure in mid-century American letters, went to the same college I did (Tufts). Many years ago, I came across a little book of his poetry (Someone Could Win … Continue reading

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The Afterlife of the Gifts of the Magi

In the Gospel of Matthew, we read of the three kings, “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts … Continue reading

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