Mythological Scene Paper Assignment
This is an extra credit assignment. Completion and submission of this assignment will be rewarded with a possible 0 to 5 points added to your final grade. The number of points awarded will depend on the quality of your research, writing, and ability to follow the prompt and guidelines listed below. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM (midnight) on Sunday, December 2th. No submissions after midnight on the 7th will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS
Begin by choosing a mythological scene, ideally from one of our textbooks. The goal of the paper is to explain to the reader what the message of the scene was to its audience. In a 3-5 page paper, answer all of the following questions. Please read the guidelines at the end of this prompt and follow them closely.
1. Identify the scene and the figures in it. What is the date and place of origin? Where was it found (if this information is available)?
2. What was the mythological source of the myth depicted, i.e. Iliad, Odyssey, one of the Homeric Hymns, or a Greek play? Google the myth: usually Wikipedia will give you a source(s) for a particular myth. Also good is R. Graves, The Greek Myth, or the Oxford Classical Dictionary. Give a short summary of the myth.
3. Who was the intended audience of the scene? Was it for a general audience, or for a specific group, i.e. young men, women, a family at a marriage or funeral, Athenians, a political party?
4. How closely did the artist follow the original source? Did s/he make any significant changes or introduce new details? (Some scenes do not.) There are two possible reasons an artist may make changes. One, s/he may add details to make sure the viewer understands the whole story of the myth, e.g. in the Odyssey, the Cyclops gets drunk and falls asleep where upon Odysseus blinds him with a pointed stake. Vase painting, however, shows the Cyclops sitting up with a wine glass and holding the legs of the man he has eaten. Why? So the viewer understands the whole action of the story. Two, there may be a historical reason for the way a myth is shown. E.g. the scene of the gods vs. the giants is originally depicted on level ground, but after 480 BC when the Persians invade Athens and scale the acropolis and burn it down, the scene is depicted as taking place on a hill – it refers to the Athenian acropolis.
• Explain how the world was created and took the form it has.
• Give examples of good and bad behavior. • Give a prototype for contemporary social practices.
• Offer consolation in times of grief.
• Give a fundamental moral about what it means to be human.
• Refer to a contemporary historical or political event, like the Amazons’ invasion or the adventures of Theseus.
Guidelines for Submission : Please be sure to follow the guidelines listed below. Failure to do so will result in a reduction in points awarded.
Your paper should be a minimum of 3 pages long and no longer than 5 pages. This means that you must have at least 3 completed pages of text (excluding your attached image). 2 & ½ pages does not count. 3 complete pages.
• 12 point Times New Roman font. (that means 12 point, not 13, and not 12.5) • 1 inch margins. (that means 1 inch, not 1.5, or any other variation)
• Double-spaced. (again, that means double-spaced, not triple-spaced or any other variation)
• You must include) at the end of your paper (after the minimum 3 pages of text), an image of the artwork that you use to illustrate your chosen myth.
• You must provide citations for any resource used in this assignment. If you are unsure of what to cite, it is always better to err on the side of caution and provide a citation. Princeton University offers a helpful little guide on when to cite sources that can be found here: Princeton University – “When to Cite Sources”. You may use any citational style you are comfortable with, but be thorough and be consistent.
Make sure to include your full name. • Be sure to proofread and edit your paper. The points awarded will depend in part on how well-written your paper is.
• Submit your paper digitally as a Word Doc file by midnight on Friday, December 2th. o If your last name begins with the letters A-K please submit your paper to email@example.com. o
If your last name begins with the letters L-Z please submit your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. Please do not attempt to plagiarize and please make sure that you follow the rules for proper citational practice. And please refer to UB’s rules on plagiarism and the possible steps taken if you are found to have plagiarized here: UB – “Academic Integrity”.