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By Michelle M. Houle, William Sauts Bock

Gr 6-8-This e-book opens with a well-researched preface that provides historical past info at the historic Greek tradition, environment the time and position and distinguishing among actual destinations and mythological tale. moreover, all the 9 stories contains an advent. Houle offers production stories; numerous famous tales approximately very important mythological figures (Pandora and Prometheus); and some lesser-known stories, akin to the tale of Helius and Phaethon. easily written, this assortment is an effective source for studies or school room use. every one tale is through questions and solutions and a web page or of ''expert commentary'' that stretch the lesson via quotations from educational assets. The illustrations and genealogical chart are in simple terms ornamental and recommend a more youthful viewers. nonetheless, it is a worthy addition for libraries that desire extra at the subject, specifically these serving reluctant readers.

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Furthermore, Zeus was furious with Prometheus for all his tricks. To punish Prometheus for tricking the king of the gods and for making humans so powerful, Zeus had him captured and chained to a rock on the crest of one of the Caucasus Mountains. Every day, an enormous eagle came to the spot where Prometheus was tied. The eagle was fierce and relentless, and each day it swooped down and pecked away at Prometheus’s liver, devouring the greater part of it. Because Prometheus was immortal, his liver grew back every night, and he never died.

They were afraid that the people might be able to compete with the gods. Q: A: How did Zeus punish Prometheus? He chained Prometheus to the top of one of the Caucasus Mountains, where every day an eagle devoured most of his liver. 49 EXPERT COMMENTARY Zeus’s method of punishing Prometheus for helping the humans seems excessively cruel to our modern sensibilities. However, Barry B. Powell, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, explains that it would have been a punishment familiar to people in ancient Greek society: This method of punishment actually existed: Vicious criminals were taken to the boundaries of a territory, stripped naked, nailed to a post, and allowed to die miserably, when 2 eaters of carrion [dead meat] consumed their flesh.

What then is its precise nature, whether a blessing or a curse? Is Hope the one thing that enables human beings to survive the terrors of this life and inspires them with lofty ambition? Yet is it also by its very character delusive and 2 blind, luring them on to prolong their misery? The story of Pandora and her role in the gods’ revenge against mankind suggests that women were considered a mixed blessing in ancient Greek society. Barry B. Powell recognizes this apparent misogyny, or hatred of women, as it is presented in Hesiod’s version of the story: Modern readers are struck by the virulence [extreme bitterness] of Hesiod’s attack on women, although it is not different in message from the biblical story of Eve.

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