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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
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1. The wife of Odysseus; a model of faithfulness to one's husband






2. A serpent-like monster with many heads and poisonous breath; when one head got cut off & it grew two more; killed by Hercules as his second labor






3. Epic poem written by Home chronicling the Trojan War






4. 'And others'






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






6. Goddess of wisdom






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






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






9. 'I came & I saw & I conquered &' famous words of Julius Caesar






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11. 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






12. Through & by way of (from via- road & way)






13. 'peace be with you'






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






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






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






17. Son of Zeus; had to complete 12 labors to regain favor with the gods after killing his family; when he died & he became a god






18. 'per year'






19. Goddess of wisdom






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






21. 'Work conquers all'






22. '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






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






24. Sailed with the Argonauts to take the Golden Fleece






25. The 15th of March & the day in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated






26. Goddess of childbirth; married to Zeus; queen of the gods






27. 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






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






29. 'under penalty' a written order for a person to come testify in court






30. God of the Underworld/Tartarus






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






32. Site of the Apollo's oracle at Delphi; home of the Muses






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






34. 'from the library of' used as an inscription on a bookplate to show the name of the book's owner: ex libris Mark Twain.






35. Writing after the body of a letter






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37. 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






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






39. 'unknown land'






40. 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






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






42. The 200 year period of peace which began under the rule of Augustus






43. Reception hall (like the living room) in a Roman house






44. A king Who was tortured in the Underworld by having water and grapes within his reach & but the water and grapes pulled away whenever he went to take drink or a bite






45. 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






46. Market place/business center






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






48. 'for the time being' - temporary






49. Religion in Which many gods are worshipped (from Greek poly 'many' and theoi 'gods')






50. God of love and desire; son of Aphrodite