10/10 Hubris and Arachme

JQ: None today. Read the introduction to: “Arachne.”

In Class

1. Share the Ancient Greece reading guide in Course Documents.

2. Discuss what a fable is. Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.

2. Read the Greek myth: Arachne. What is the difference between hubris and confidence?

3. In groups of 6-8, create a mural depicting the fable. These will count towards your Presentation/Discussion grade.



  • Heath Chapter 5, Section 2: “Greek City States Competed for Power” from p. 108 to p. 112;  Chapter 5, Section 2  (continued) p. 112-114:  “The Greeks Turned Back the Powerful Persians”:
  • Spielvogel: Pages 56- 63 “The World of the Greek City- States” Spielvogel: Pages 64-66:  (also see Heath on Persian Wars) 

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