Objective: The Homeric Hymns is a collection of poems, or songs, that are meant to inform people of the gods and their interaction with humanity. This lesson is about the word "Homeric" and how it is applied to ancient Greek literature.
1) Class Discussion: How many songs compose The Homeric Hymns? What is significant about the amount of songs and the fact that their order has never been confirmed? Which historian does the author refer to in the Introduction to substantiate the relationship between Homer and the Hymns? What hymn in particular is believed to have been written by Homer himself? Why?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down 3 characteristics of a "Homeric" piece of writing. Afterward, talk about the answers and whether or not the class thinks that a majority of the hymns were written by Homer or other poets.
3) Partner or Group...
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