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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
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1. 5






2. 'After death'






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






4. The arena for gladiatorial games in Rome (also known as the Flavian Amphitheater)






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






6. Challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was turned into a spider for her excessive pride






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






8. 500






9. 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.






10. Daughter of Demeter; kidnapped by Hades to make her his queen






11. 10






12. 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






13. 50






14. 'seize the day'






15. Titan best known for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humans; He was punished by being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten by a bird everyday






16. 'Time flies/flees'






17. Maze under the palace of Palace of Minos at Crete & where the Minotaur (half man & half bull) was thought to have been imprisoned






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






19. Spirits who carry out curses and torture for wrongdoing toward one's family member (s)






20. 'Against' & used to show Who is up against who in sports matches & legal battles & etc.






21. The 9 goddesses who looked after the arts and inspired men in those arts






22. River that runs through the city of Rome






23. 'for the time being' - temporary






24. Sorceress & wife of Jason; killed their children to get revenge on Jason for leaving her






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






26. 'before midday &' in the morning & before noon






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






28. Good-humored & jolly (ancient astrologers thought that the planet Jupiter fostered cheerfulness)






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






30. Athenian prince who killed the Minotaur






31. 'Always prepared'






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






33. 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)






34. A picture made from small bits of glass or pottery






35. 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.






36. Usually referring to Julius Caesar & the Roman dictator Who was assassinated on the Ides of March (March 15th) 44 BCE






37. 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.






38. Lived in the Labyrinth; fed off of Athenian youths; killed by Theseus






39. '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






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






41. 'one out of many' - found on most US minted coins and the back of the dollar bill






42. Used on documents & coins & monuments & etc. as an official signature of the Roman government






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






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






45. 'great work'






46. A long poem that narrates the deeds of a hero or the history of a nation & e.g. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey






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






48. The people in control of the Italian peninsula before Rome began to spread






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






50. Challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was turned into a spider for her excessive pride