Identify Theseus. Describe what type of being they are (e.g. god, hero, demigod,


Identify Theseus. Describe what type of being they are (e.g. god, hero, demigod, nymph, beast, human, etc.), their family and geographic connections, and important myths associated with them (minimum 2). Cite (minimum) two different primary sources (textual or visual myths) that feature this figure and briefly summarize the role they play in those myths. Discuss/analyze how these myths engage with two (or more) of the key concepts for this unit and/or compare (thematically, structurally, conceptually) to other myths/figures.
Remember that exams are open book/notes. You should use your texts in order to engage them accurately and specifically. I highly recommend that you underline or bold the concepts and primary sources that you engage to make sure that you fulfill the requirements of the prompt and the rubric. For reference, here is the list of primary sources, concepts, and figures that were on your need-to-know list:
Primary Source Myths
Euripides Herakles
Ovid Metamorphoses
Pindar (Olympian 1, 10; Nemean 1)
Bacchylides (Ode 5, 17)
Pausanias Description of Greece + other mythographic sources
Vergil Aeneid
Visual Myths: Temple of Zeus at Olympia Sculptures; Euphronius Geryon Vase; Roman Mosaic of Hercules; Francois Vase; Capitoline Wolf
Other primary source myths discussed in lecture, but not required reading; review Unit 1 myths, especially Hesiod
Concepts
apotheosis
Athens
autochthony
Calydonian Boar Hunt
Crete
epinician
Foundation Myth
hero
“age of heroes”
hero pattern
“fatal” flaw
labors
hero cult
mythography
Panhellenic Games / Crown (“stephanic”) Games
Olympian Games
Peloponnesian War
Rome
Tragedy / Attic Tragedy
Choral Ode
Messenger Speech
Deus ex Machina
visual myth
Figures (Roman/Latin names given in parentheses)
Aeneas
Althaea
Antigone
Ariadne
Artemis (Diana)
Atalanta
Athena (Minerva)
Deianira
Helen
Hera (Juno)
Herakles (Hercules)
Medea
Medusa
Meleager
Romulus
Theseus
Zeus (Jupiter)
You may use any application that you prefer when composing your essay, but you must save it in one of the required file formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
The rubric for grading these responses will be out of 20 points as follows:
2 | length and format (clear/legible English, minimum 200 words)
4 | identification accuracy and completeness
primary source citations (6)
2 | minimum two cited accurately
4 | brief but accurate and clear summaries
conceptual discussion (8)
2 | minimum two concepts
6 | quality of discussion, including demonstration of understanding of and engagement with the concepts


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