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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
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1. Refers to an action or condition necessary for something to happen






2. 'The other way around'






3. God of the Underworld/Tartarus






4. 100






5. Epic poem written by Home chronicling the Trojan War






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






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






8. Figuratively 'secretly.' Aphrodite gave her son Eros a rose. Eros gave it to Harpocrates & the god of silence & to ensure that his mother's love affairs remained a secret.






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






10. 'After death'






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






12. 'unknown land'






13. Mother Earth; the wife of Uranus & the sky; she gave birth to the Titans & the Cyclopes & and the Hundred-Handed Ones






14. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (i); commonly used in the phrase 'not one iota &' meaning 'not one bit'






15. A state of disorganized matter from which the gods and the world were created






16. 'The one who says farewell' -- the student with the highest grade point average & Who is chosen to give a speech at the end of graduation






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






18. 'per head' 'per person'






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






20. The norms or values of a society






21. King of Troy during the Trojan War; father of Hector and Paris; begged Achilles to give his son Hector's body back to be properly buried (Achilles had been dragging it around the city)






22. Homer's epic poem about Odysseus & kind of Ithaca & trying to find his way home from the Trojan War






23. One-eyed children of Ouranos/Uranus and Gaea (Mother Earth); sided with Zeus during the war with the Titans; were helpers of the smith-god Hephaestus






24. The technical biological term for the human species






25. Temple in Rome dedicated to all the Roman gods






26. A system created by the Romans which carried water over long distances






27. 'And the rest' usually seen at the end of a list of things & instead of listing everything






28. 'An unwelcome person' - used in diplomacy to indicate a person Who is barred from entering a certain country






29. God of the sun & light & reason & and the lyre






30. 'in the year of the Lord &' designating the time period after Christ's birth






31. A bundle of wooden sticks and an axe blade that the attendants of Roman magistrates carried; symbolized the magistrates' power to inflict capital punishment






32. 1






33. Kingdom in Asia Minor which fought against Greece in Homer's Iliad






34. Queen of Sparta Who was promised to Paris by Aphrodite for choosing her (Aphrodite) as the fairest goddess; Helen was already married to Menelaus and her kidnapping began the Trojan War






35. 'To err is human' - in other words & it's normal to mess up






36. Temple in Rome dedicated to all the Roman gods






37. Icarus was the son of Daedalus who flew too close to the sun with the wings his father made him from wax and feathers & and fell to his death






38. The technical biological term for the human species






39. The garment which signified a Roman man's citizenship






40. God of wine and revelry; son of Zeus and Semele






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






42. 'in the whole &' 'as a whole &' 'totally'; ex: The suggestions were adopted in toto.






43. 'by mouth' - used on prescription medicines that have to be taken orally






44. 'in the whole &' 'as a whole &' 'totally'; ex: The suggestions were adopted in toto.






45. 10






46. 'The things that must be done' - a to-do list






47. Festival of Saturn held on December 17th & during which social roles were temporarily reversed (slaves enjoyed relaxed discipline & etc)






48. Athenian prince who killed the Minotaur






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






50. 'After death'