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    How well do you think Ovid engages the reader in the telling of Scylla and Minos?

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    Scylla's description of Minos is very lengthy and in depth, showing every single aspect of Minos she adores - "How handsome that helmeted warrior looks!". The description shows how much Scylla is infatuated with Minos, thinking of the war as 'heart-breaking', not because of the fact that her city is being besieged by his army, but because it means that Minos is her enemy. The reader is shown from the start that Scylla does not seem to think about what she is doing and she is not thinking about the consequences of the plans that she is forming in her mind to have Minos for herself.

    • Word count: 1172
  2. Guide To The Colosseum and Games of Ancient Rome

    The English word 'vomit' is derived from it. They could get everyone out in a matter of minutes. If you look above, you can see the remainders of a velerium, a retractable awning. It was made of canvas and ropes, and covered almost two thirds of the Colosseum, which is a big achievement considering its size. There was a section for each type of citizen. The bottom row was for Roman senators, behind that, were middle class citizens, then lower class, then foreigners, and at the very back, were the slaves. The best seats were raised about two metres above the arena, for safety.

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  3. Siddhartha Character analysis

    Enlightened - "From that hour, Siddhartha ceased to fight against his destiny. There shone on his face the serenity of knowledge... " (136) After he goes through his experiences about life, Siddhartha learns many different lessons and finally reaches enlightenment. b) Govinda 1) Follower - "... a crouching shadow emerged from the last hut and joined the pilgrim. It was Govinda." (12). Govinda is following Sidhartha on his journey to enlightenment, and shows that he will follow Siddhartha in almost all he does.

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  4. The forum is the most important part of Pompeii for Historians to understand what life was like in Pompeii Do you agree?

    The ash and lava cooled and solidified, causing people to become statues. It may have wrecked thousands of lives, futures and dreams, but it did leave something for the future generation of the world to work with and learn from. There was a lot of intact treasure that was left behind which belonged to the Roman civilisation. Thus helping us to learn about them and understand their society and lifestyle a lot better. To date, this remains to be a place of mystery and importance.

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  5. A Clash Between Heroism and Realism: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    However, the author does not expose Gawain's imperfections with the intent to paint man in a negative light. Contrarily, he does so in order to demonstrate the resiliency of man's good intentions. Despite Gawain's decision to conceal the green girdle from the host's wife, his actions were not taken to earn him fame. He accepts the Green Knight's game in order to prove to himself that he is equal to the other Knights of the Round Table. Additionally, the honorable manner in which the author has Gawain atone for his sin takes the one transgression Gawain makes and twists it into a display of man's basic righteousness.

    • Word count: 1062
  6. The Light at the End of the Tunnel:The Underlying Message of the Seafarer

    Throughout his story, the seafarer expresses his strong belief in fate. Though his life may be sorrowful, the seafarer understands that his path is predetermined and that there is nothing he can do to change that. So, rather than fighting his fate, the seafarer humbly accepts his life knowing that a firm reliance in God will guide him to heaven. "The Seafarer" illustrates that, although life is full of struggle, one must conquer their fate and have faith in God in order to be rewarded with eternal salvation. Along the seafarer's journey, he proves that one must endure, and strive to make the best of, the hardships that are brought upon him along his predetermined path.

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  7. The catcher in the Rye

    Although this might seem judgmental, he merely did not stand it when people tried to be something else, or were not true and genuine and was basically a truly honest, no-nonsense kind of person. Early in the book, the reader witnesses the first of many of Holden's criticisms towards "phonies". After leaving his hotel room to find some kind of entertainment, Holden enters a club and sits down to watch the night's entertainment. Holden recognizes the pianist as a man named Ernie and immediately begins to voice his thoughts.

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  8. French Interview

    � 11:00 h je vais pour me coucher. Chaque mercredi Je vais � l'�glise le mercredi pour la messe. Quand je suis libre, j'aime sortir avec mes amis, lire des livres, surfer sur Internet, regarder la t�l�vision, �couter de la musique et de cuire, etc J' habite a Sharjah la route de qassemya m�me que les banques commerciales de Duba�. J'habite au 2�me �tage 205. Actuellement nous louons un appartement aux Emirats Arabes Unis, mais la maison de retour en Egypte que nous poss�dons une villa. Non, je n'ai pas d'enfants par ce que je ne suis pas marie Oui mes parents habitent dans la m�me maison.

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  9. Discuss how Dickens criticises the Victorian education system in the opening of Hard Times?

    The opening scene is set in an unwelcoming and bland atmosphere, to almost push the reader away. Using adjectives like 'plain' 'bare' and 'monotonous' to describe a Victorian schoolroom shows the extreme contrast in colour and vibrance to a modern day school, which is one way he condemns the physical appearance of the room. The reader is placed in the situation and tries to imagine the dull, deserted atmosphere around them, which is exactly the result Dickens wants. All life and excitement seems to have been stripped from the walls (and from the students!). To add to the austerity of the scene, he refers to the room as a 'vault' which has several conflicting inferences; the children

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  10. Explain how Shakespeare portrays men and women and relationships in Much Ado about Nothing

    The paths they follow are in opposite directions and each one has its own merits. From the first scene, the attention is focused on the exaggerated relationship between small-minded Claudio and naive Hero, the obedient daughter of Signior Leonato. Claudio is a very self-important character in the play. He seems to be a dreamer with high expectations of his wife - she must be beautiful, wealthy and have a status in life that matches his own vision of himself. Their lustful relationship demonstrates the typical outcome of love at first sight. Claudio returned from war ready to love.

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  11. Maximum Ride

    By fate, the Capulet's servant encounters Romeo and Benvolio and later advises the two "unknown strangers" about a Capulet party. Since destined to meet Juliet, Romeo becomes closer with his acquaintance of his true love. However, the fate of meeting one other leads them a step closer to their tragic end. Furthermore, the true love of Romeo and Juliet becomes controlled devilishly by fate. As Romeo watches the dancers at the party he notices Juliet. From the moment they set their eyes upon each other, they instantly fall in love.

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  12. Ruler of All

    In every lab, it is every scientist's goal to generate measurements that are both correct and reproducible. Being correct and able to reproduce similar measurements can be related through the concepts of accuracy and precision. Accuracy is a measure of how close a measurement comes to the actual or true value of whatever is measured.3 To calculate the accuracy of a measurement you need to compare the result to a true value. Usually, the more numbers that are able to show, it may also mean an increase in accuracy. Precision is a measure of how close a series of measurements are to one another.

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  13. Animal diversity

    The representative species form the Phylum Bryophyta and the four phyla of seedless vascular plants studied are in the following: I. Non-vascular Plants Phylum Bryophyta Class Hepaticae(Liverworts) Class Musci(Mosses) Species Examined Marchantia sp. Polytrichum sp., Funaria sp. Mnium sp. II. Seedless Vascular Plants Phylum Psilotophyta Phylum Lycophyta Phylum Sphenophyta Phylum Pterophyta Psilotum sp. Lycopodium sp., Selaginella sp. Equisetum sp. Ferns Dryopteris sp., Adiantum sp. Result and Discussions 1.Refer to Fig 1 and 2. 2.Refer to Fig 3. 3.There are two reasons to explain why the gametophyte part of bryophytes may not often carry out photosynthesis substantially for the whole plant.

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  14. Paranoia and the Search for Meaning in the Crying of Lot 49

    The very act of interpretation should denote a certain understanding of an epistemological aspect. "To understand is to interpret...interpretation is a liberating act" (Sontag 7). Oedipa, blindly following the myriad of signs that are thrust in her path, has a couple options. She can either give up, call herself a delusional housewife and go home, or she can see how far down the rabbit hole goes. She chooses the latter route, and begins to find hidden meaning in everything that she encounters on her journey.

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  15. Communication and Meaning in the Crying of Lot 49

    "So it was the last of his voices she ever heard. Lamont Cranston" (Pynchon 3). Pierce no longer has his own identity, and therefore, his communication is transformed into random snippets of dialogue that have very little meaning. However, it is the act of Pierce (or Cranston) speaking that gives it meaning, no matter who he is. This concept is played upon many times throughout this book, as well as the idea of mixed interpretations and the perceived world. In Mexico, Oedipa views the painting "Bordando el Manto Terrestre" by Remedios Varo, and it triggers an intense emotional response within her.

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  16. Prose study:sherlock holmes

    Dr. Watson is the assistant of Sherlock Holmes and as well the narrator of the story. Dr. Watson was a doctor an ex-soldier and he is the guy who kind a loyal to others and don't make himself important. He was also the character that Conan Doyle found this character to be valuable tool to construct the stories. I think he is the character that audience could relate to him more then Sherlock Holmes. In the Speckled band it focuses on the helplessness of children and women in a society that gives all legal power to adult males.

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  17. A Raisin in the Sun: Summary and Analysis

    Walter, Benetha and Travis are the only "children" of the play and they all play an important role. Walter displays an unselfish characteristic that is overshadowed by unwise decisions in the play in one particular scene, his son Travis asked both parents for money. Walter acts out of pride and little motivation by giving Travis his last pocket change. This symbolizes Walter's willingness to be a good father. In a different situation, Walter wouldn't display his selfish intentions. This behavior can be attributed to working in a degrading, underpaid position and not seeing results. Another reason for the importance of children in the play is that if Mama hadn't told Travis to stay in the apartment when Walter

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  18. The Druids

    However, they also played the role of being the judges in any form of dispute and disagreement. This included taking care of issues such as murders and the punishments handed out to the culprit and making decisions over who would inherit a deceased person's land and property. When we have issues to be resolved by the law, we appear to the court for this and very similarly, when the time commenced for the Druids to settle disputes, they gathered with their clients in the land and territory of the Carnutes, which happened to be situated right at the centre of Gaul.

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  19. Symbolism in The Awakening

    Art is individuality. It sets a person apart from another, because no two things are alike. Whether it is Edna's painting or Mlle. Reisz's piano playing, they both express that they do not like to live in a conformed society. Edna sees art as a way of self-expression and self-assertion. Mlle. Reisz sees becoming an artist as a test of individuality, but unfortunately Edna fails because "her wings are too weak." She is constantly put down by L�once for her efforts in painting, which only makes her, feel weaker. Thus the point Mlle. Reisz makes when saying "her wings are too weak."

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    Just about every aspect of sport which we find exciting today was present at the chariot races of ancient Rome. Do you Agree ?

    Most men nowadays support a football team and stay loyal and supporting that team. Going to a football match is a really exciting experience, everyone supporting the same team will be feeling in a similar way, the atmosphere and feeling that you are all there together supporting your team, taking part is a very exciting experience and one that both us and the Romans share. The anxiety of waiting what's going to happen, is he going to push him off the track? Is he going to die? The excitement when someone does a trick.

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  21. Citizenship coursework B OCR Nationals

    as it mentions about complicated theories like "There is, of course no single age at which people reach maturity". The third is aimed at people who are interested in politics and current affairs. This can be proved when it says, "Gordon Brown today signals ... lowering the age of voting to 16 ... alienation from modern politics". All the above stated articles give different points of view about the subject and how Britain accepts them. Article one "Old enough to fight - old enough to vote?"

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  22. The Portrayal of Women in the Odyssey

    The immortal goddesses contrast with the distinctive characteristics of an ancient Greek woman in the Odyssey. Athena, goddess of wisdom, for example, addresses the Gods, including her father, despite the traditions of status. By ignoring these traditions, Athena shows her strength and confidence. It seems she is outspoken, and is more a typical representation of a modern day woman than that of ancient Greece. Throughout the book, Athena shows considerable pity for Odysseus, despite the fact that men were supposedly the stronger gender: she used her persuasion to encourage the gods to reconsider their destiny for him, and set him

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  23. Describe what a spectator would enjoy at the five-day olympics

    They were attended by many because of the celebration of religion as well as sport, as athletic ability was said to be a gift from the Gods, and because everyone was guaranteed a safe journey to and from Olympia. However, for visitors to the games, there were strict regulations to abide by. Only males were permitted to attend who were of Greek citizenship, and had not been convicted of murder or sacrilege. Day One of the games was mainly occupied by a traditional oath-taking ceremony whereby spectators would view each athlete, their fathers, brothers and trainer, having to swear, over the entrails of a boar, that they would not cheat during the games.

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  24. Romeo and Juliet Scence 5

    We learn about Romeo's fight with fellow family members of the Capulet's in previous scenes. Old Capulet Juliet's father throws a party to which he invites all his friends and promises Paris that he shall see his daughter Juliet for the possible engagement. However Old Capulet is unsure whether he wants Juliet to get married so soon. "My child is yet a stranger in the world", "Let two more summers wither in their pride." Capulet tells Paris that he should wait and that Juliet is still too young. This has a massive effect with the audience as they know what is to come because of the prologue, this leaves the audience tense as they can not wait to see Romeo disobey this.

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    war poetry

    They are barely awake from the lack of sleep and are physically and mentally drained. In October 1917 Wilfred Owen wrote to his mother from Craig Lockhart, 'here is a gas poem, done yesterday... the famous Latin tag (from Horace, Odes) means of course it is sweet and meet to die for ones country. The title is ironic. The intention was not so much to indulge pity as a shock, especially civilians at home who believed war was noble and glorious.

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GCSE Classics is a terrific way of studying the culture and history of the ancient civilisations. Both the Roman and the Greek worlds were fascinatingcivilisations with rich cultures and histories and this makes them really worthy of study. The subject is a kind of mixture between History, Literature and Religious Studies, but simply confined to those two ancient societies. What you'll cover precisely is determined by the exam board specification your teacher chooses for you but you may be studying subjects like the history of Rome and/or Sparta; you'll cover at least one major literary work from one of the eras like Homer's Odyssey or Oedipus, and you'll be considering the, sometimes extraordinary, values and attitudes of people in those societies.

The subject will give you a truly broad knowledge and improve your literacy and analytical skills too. Assessment is done by coursework and examination and Marked by Teachers has a range of essays in the Classics at GCSE level which you can access and really gain an insight into what examiners are looking for.


Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  • To what extent is it appropriate to describe 5th century Athenian men as sexist?

    "To conclude, I think that 5th century Athenian men were much more sexist in their views and opinions on how women should be treated and what their rights and responsibilities were than today, but partly because of their traditions and what they were brought up to believe. It seems that both men and women were happy with this lifestyle and did not have to change things, as the way they were living seemed to work for them - no one rebelled and everyone got on with life, carrying on the oikos and enjoying each others' presence at the same time."

  • Discuss examples of metamorphosis in Greek Mythology and analyze the reasons why metamorphosis is inevitable in the mythology.

    "In conclusion, using the method of metamorphosis is an unavoidable way in the mythology. The concept of eternalization is expressed by metamorphosis, a symbol of rebirth from destruction. Furthermore, out of people's imagination, those who undertake metamorphosis are the gods. Their divine intervention usually leads to the character's metamorphosis and the elucidation of natural phenomena, a core factor of the mythological stories."

  • Discuss one literary work from the Middle Ages and another from the Renaissance to discuss the concept of chivalry and the evolution of this concept.

    "The chivalric concept n the Song of Roland and Orlando Furioso differ from each other due to the decisive keyword "Humanism." The ideal medieval knight is expected to possess his fame, loyalty, and devotion to God or his king because the Christian Church plays a significant role in the medieval culture; nonetheless, a common person (even not a knight) -in which Renaissance men-centered spirit is exemplified-concerns his/her own interest, value, sense, and so on owing to the idea of Humanity advocating a new position God and mankind. To sum up, the concept of chivalry in the Middle Ages is theocentric while that in the Renaissance is anthropocentric."

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