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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
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1. Spirits who carry out curses and torture for wrongdoing toward one's family member (s)






2. After midday/noon






3. Twin brothers & raised by a wolf; Romulus killed Remus and founded Rome






4. 'for the time being' - temporary






5. A material prepared in ancient Egypt from the pithy stem of a water plant & used in sheets throughout the ancient Mediterranean world for writing or painting on






6. The food of the gods; some believe it kept them immortal






7. 'Time flies/flees'






8. The male head of a Roman family






9. 'great work'






10. Greek god of nature; had the torso and head of a man & but the legs and horns of a goat






11. Greek island in the Ionian Sea; the home of Odysseus






12. Refers to an action or condition necessary for something to happen






13. 'A slip of the tongue'






14. 'The state in which'






15. Epic poem written by Home chronicling the Trojan War






16. 'I'






17. The oracle of Apollo; people visited the oracle for guidance and predictions of the future






18. A town on the western coast of Italy destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuius in AD 79






19. One of the seven hills of Rome & south of the forum; the site of the imperial palace






20. 'Higher!' -- the state motto of New York






21. King of Ithaca who came up with the idea of using the Trojan horse to defeat the city of Troy; hero of the Odyssey






22. The city in Northern Africa that the Romans fought and destroyed during the Punic Wars (264-146 BC.)






23. A modern day race of 26.2 miles; from Marathon in Greece & the scene of a victory over the Persians in 490 BC; the modern race is based on the tradition that a messenger ran from Marathon to Athens (26 miles) with the news.






24. 'my fault' ; tua culpa -'your fault'






25. Refers to an action or condition necessary for something to happen






26. 'per head' 'per person'






27. After midday/noon






28. The highest political office in the Roman Republic; 2 were elected every year






29. The highest political office in the Roman Republic; 2 were elected every year






30. 'Word for word'






31. The river surrounding the Underworld






32. Carthaginian general who attacked Italy by crossing the Italian Alps in the 2nd Punic War; He was eventually defeated by Scipio at the Battle of Zama






33. 'With highest honors' graduating from college in the highest grade scale






34. 'for the sake of an example' - abbreviation used when providing an example






35. Doctor of medicine






36. Sweet-sounding (literally 'flowing like honey')






37. King punished in Tartarus by having to roll a stone up a hill continuously for eternity; when he reached the top & the stone rolled to the bottom again






38. The three goddesses who determine a person's life: when he will be born & how long he will live & and when he will die; one sister spins the thread of life & the second measures out a certain length & and the third cuts it at the end of the person's






39. 'Always prepared'






40. Titan who had to hold up the heavens on his shoulders as punishment for rebelling against Zeus






41. 'horn of plenty' a symbol of food and abundance






42. A polis (city-state) in Greece & center of art and philosophy & named after Athena (its patron goddess); the Acropolis was the hill in Athens where many temples (including the Parthenon & the temple to Athena) were located






43. First emperor of the Roman Empire; adopted son of Julius Caesar; member of the 2nd Triumvirate; also known as Octavian






44. 5






45. The daughter of king Minos of Crete & who helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth after he killed the minotaur






46. 100






47. 'Time flies/flees'






48. 'With highest honors' graduating from college in the highest grade scale






49. Literally refers to the heel of Achilles (a character from the Iliad who killed Hector)






50. The god of the sky; created the Titans with Gaia & Mother Earth