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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
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1. A member of one of the original aristocratic families of Rome; 'aristocratic'






2. A member of one of the original aristocratic families of Rome; 'aristocratic'






3. Temple in Rome dedicated to all the Roman gods






4. Literally & the apple that Eris (goddess of strife) threw in front of Hera & Aphrodite & and Athena to cause a dispute over Who was the fairest; figuratively & anything which causes a dispute






5. 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






6. 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.






7. Winged horse which flew from the neck of Medusa the Gorgon after Perseus cut off her head






8. Sea to the west of Greece; named after King Aegeus after he drowned himself in the sea thinking his son Theseus was dead






9. Gladiator who led an uprising of slaves against the Romans in the 1st c. BC






10. The Underworld; in early mythology & everyone went to Tartarus after they died; in later mythology & only bad people went to Tartarus after they died






11. 1000






12. 'doctor/teacher of philosophy' - an advanced academic degree






13. 'in memory of'






14. 'This for that &' a fair trade






15. Inventor who created the Labyrinth where the Minotaur lived






16. God of war






17. 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






18. The three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the Underworld






19. 'The end'






20. Goddess of grain & the harvest & and the seasons; mother of Persephone/Proserpina






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






22. 50






23. 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






24. 'note well' i.e. take note






25. 500






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






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






28. 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






29. 'A rare bird' - something unique/rare






30. Out of her curiosity & she opened a box containing all the bad things in the world; she put the lid on just in time & so that hope did not escape from the box & too






31. The messenger god; god of thieves and travelers; son of Zeus; invented the lyre; escorted people to the Underworld when they died






32. Half-man & half-goat creatures; companions of Pan and Dionysus






33. 'After death'






34. 'from the office &' 'by right of office' - used to refer to someone Who is a member of a group (a board & committee & council & etc.) because they hold another office/position






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






36. The messenger god; god of thieves and travelers; son of Zeus; invented the lyre; escorted people to the Underworld when they died






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






38. 'per year'






39. City-state in ancient Greece known for its powerful army; fought against Athens in the Peloponnesian Wars






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






41. Characterized by sitting & inactive (from sedet- to sit)






42. Eurydice died on their wedding day. Orpheus went down to the Underworld to bring her back. Hades agreed & on the condition that Eurydice would follow behind Orpheus on their way up to the mortal world and he couldn't check to make sure She was behind






43. Goddess of love






44. 50






45. 'Thus passes the glory of the world.' i.e. 'Worldly things are fleeting.'






46. 'To infinity &' to continue forever & without limit






47. One of the 12 Titans & father of Zeus/Jupiter & who swallowed his children in an attempt to keep from being overthrown






48. God of the Underworld/Tartarus






49. Female monsters who had snakes for hair and whose horrifying gaze could turn a man to stone if he looked at them (Medusa was one of the Gorgons)






50. God of metallurgy (metal working); married to Aphrodite