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Classical Literacy

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

2. 'This for that &' a fair trade

3. 'That is' used for further explanation: 'in other words...'

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

5. 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

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

7. 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

8. 'Always prepared'

9. Goddess of wisdom

10. 'Always faithful' - motto of the US Marines

11. A hollow wooden horse built by the Greeks so that they could get into the walls of Troy. The Greeks pretended to pack up and leave from the war & but some hid in the horse which was later led into the walls of Troy by the Trojans (thinking it was a

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

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

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

15. Was chosen by Zeus to settle the argument of Who was the fairest of the goddesses; he chose Aphrodite because she promised him the most beautiful woman in the world if he chose her

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

17. 'firm ground/solid earth'

18. The technical biological term for the human species

19. 'To the point of sickness' - doing/saying something over and over until everyone is sick and tired of it

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

21. 'note well' i.e. take note

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

23. Home of the Greek gods

24. River that runs through the city of Rome

25. 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.

26. 500

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

28. In early mythology & the resting place of heroes; the later mythology & where good people went in the afterlife

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

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

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

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

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

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

35. Goddess of the hearth

36. 'After death'

37. Goddess of wisdom

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

39. After midday/noon

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

41. A large horse and chariot racing track in Rome

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

43. 'All-knowing'

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

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

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

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

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

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

50. The golden wool of a ram sought by Jason and the Argonauts