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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
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1. The god of the sky; created the Titans with Gaia & Mother Earth

2. 'great-souled & high-minded'

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

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

5. 'note well' i.e. take note

6. Writing after the body of a letter

7. 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

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

9. Blind poet Who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey

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

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

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

13. Prince of Troy Who was killed by Achilles in the Iliad; Achilles tied Hector's dead body to the back of his chariot and dragged it around the city walls three times

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

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

16. Literally 'the greatest bridge' -- the chief priest of Roman religion (later & the emperor took on this role); now used to refer to the Pope & the head of the Catholic Church

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

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

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

20. God of war

21. 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

22. 'per year'

23. God of the Underworld/Tartarus

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

25. 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

26. Goddess of wisdom

27. Victorious athletes & generals & and emperors wore crowns of made of the branches of the laurel tree to symbolize their victory; now & 'laurels' refer to someone's achievements

28. Prince of Troy Who was killed by Achilles in the Iliad; Achilles tied Hector's dead body to the back of his chariot and dragged it around the city walls three times

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

30. A town on the western coast of Italy destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuius in AD 79

31. Temple devoted to Athena; located on the Acropolis of Athens

32. 'I'

33. 'boyish &' 'childlike' (from puer- boy)

34. 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

35. Large island off the southeast coast of Italy; home of Mt. Etna & a huge volcano; where the Cyclopes lived in the Odyssey

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

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

38. Home of the Greek gods

39. A series of three wars between Rome and Carthage & a Phoenician city in Northern Africa & for control of the Mediterranean (264-146 BC)

40. Another name for Zeus/Jupiter

41. 500

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

43. 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

44. 'per head' 'per person'

45. '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

46. Temple devoted to Athena; located on the Acropolis of Athens

47. 'The end'

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

49. A teacher Who is like a parent; comes from the Mentor & Odysseus' old friend & whom he left in charge of his son Telemachus when he went off to the Trojan War

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