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  1. Was Odysseus a hero?

    . When they were in the land of the Cyclops, Odysseus refused to simply raid the cave and leave. He would rather have risked the lives of his men and stay to be foolish. When they arrive on Circe's island, Odysseus sends a group of his men to go find out who lives in Circe's house. The group of men gets turned into pigs, and he takes the rest of his men to go rescue them. They end up spending a year with Circe, which they wouldn't have if Odysseus had just set sail without exploring the island. If Odysseus was a hero, he wouldn't just think about himself, but others too.

    • Word count: 681
  2. In the story Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus uses his free will to make choices. He chooses to curse the killer, find the truth about his childhood, and blinds himself.

    Oedipus curses the killer to live alone in the mountain. , "Now my curse on the murderer, Whoever he is a lone man unknown in his crime or one among many, let that man drag out his life in agony, step by painful step" (Lines 280-283). Oedipus uses his free will and tells Creon that the killer of King Laius will be sent to exile. He could of let God have his way with the killer but he choose to take the punishment into his own hands.

    • Word count: 570
  3. Major characters in "The Odyssey".

    Penelope * Portrayed to be a troubled, upset woman at start of the book due to the loss of Odysseus. * Remains loyal to him even when his own son has left him for dead. * Cunning like Odysseus as she tricks the suitors many times so that she does not have to marry any of them. Athene * Goddess of wisdom and Odysseus' patron goddess. She favors him in all things, and is the one who arranges his return to Ithaca and destruction of the suitors who wronged him.

    • Word count: 723
  4. To what extent do you think that Aeneas behaves as a hero should, in the books of Aeneid which you have read? Give reasons for your views and support them with details from Aeneid Books 1,2 and 4

    There's no honour in punishing women, but to blot out that evil - that's a job worth doing, and I shall be praised for punishing this one - she richly deserves it. And I shall enjoy the pleasure of glutting my hatred and avenging my loved ones."(Book 2, page 48) Aeneas is on the point of murdering Helen when his mother, Venus, appears and tells Aeneas to be more concerned with the safety of his family and to focus upon escape rather than vengeance.

    • Word count: 497
  5. Just about every aspect of sport which we find exciting today was present in the chariot races of ancient Rome. Do you agree?

    An important aspect that we find interesting and exciting about sport nowadays is team support; for example in football, where fans support their favourite team and root for them to win each match to win championships. This was present in the chariot races as there were four different factions (red, white, blue and green) to which charioteers belonged to, and fans supported one of these factions. What faction you supported was highly important and provided a sense of collaboration and team support; an aspect that sports fans nowadays find extremely exciting.

    • Word count: 834
  6. Big fat greek wedding essay

    In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula knew she could get a degree and actually do something with her life, being that she was interested in computers. Unlike the traditional Greek wives, who stay at home and do work in the kitchen, she actually wanted to make something of her life.

    • Word count: 493
  7. Cross cultural encounters between families

    They fall in love but encounter many problems because Toula comes from a very traditional Greek family. When you meet someone who looks at life differently then you, you're views on life also being to change and this is not necessarily a bad thing. In the movie, Toula's parents believed that Greek women should marry Greek men and, well, make Greek babies. Toula disagreed and when she got older she finally found the courage to tell her parents that she had found a non-Greek man and he was the one she was in love with. Although they disapproved at first, after getting to know Ian, they approved and arranged the marriage.

    • Word count: 545
  8. Jaws (Techniques)

    This is used to build tension and fear as people are usually more afraid of what they don't see. The mood is executed excellently and John Williams memorable soundtrack is used to enhance this state. Camera techniques are being used less and less these days in the common film and pushed out into the water to be replaced by special effects and expensive props. So clever and intuitive techniques are increasingly rare, which makes me even more glad to see these simple, yet effective, movements and points of view .

    • Word count: 672
  9. The Giving Tree Review

    It was called, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The color of this book attracted my attention because its cover was bold and all green colored. The Giving Tree is mainly about the relationship of a boy and a tree. The tree always provides the boy anything that makes him happy, such as, branches to swing on, shade to sit in, apples to eat or sell, and branches to build a boat and a home. But as the boy grew older, he needs more and more of the tree.

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  10. Analysis and interpretation

    It also gives the impression that she is on top of the world, and is overlooking a whole city. This is another example of her power. Her facial expressions are very serious and it looks like she is concentrating on aims her gun, even known you can not see her eyes because of her blacked-out glasses, you can tell from her posture and other facial expressions.

    • Word count: 325
  11. Writing of Duffy and Pugh

    However, this poem has a corrupting underlying message and the innocence of the nursery rhyme could be corrupted by the severe actions of the abuser. The stanzas are also in quatrains, which once again is very simplistic, unlike the childhood the little girl is living. Pugh considers how children are often forced to grow up too quickly. In her poem, 'M.S.A', 'tumbling like puppies towards death' shows to a reader how innocence can be taken advantage of. The image of 'tumbling' is very innocent and the word 'tumbling' holds connotations of fun, which, in a similar way to Duffy, Pugh may be stating that us how childhood should be.

    • Word count: 659
  12. Most of the buildings in Pompeii were houses. Most were fine large single storey private houses owned by wealthy people. This type of house was called a domus.

    Houses were usually rectangular in shape with one main entrance to the street. This door was heavy and wooden. Usually there were no internal doors in the house. They would hang curtains. The roof was pan-tiled and made of clay. Normally there were two spaces within the houses that were exposed to the open air - the atrium and the peristylum. There were very few windows without glass and they were small and built high up close to the roof line. The reason for this was that glass was expensive and the high-up windows kept out the noise and dust from the street.

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  13. How does the divine power play different roles in Agamemnon, Oedipus the King and Medea? How does this change of the divine influence on human being reveal the evolution of human civilization?

    Second, in Oedipus the King, it seems that there is little divine power appearing in the play. No god trying to help or hinder people.

    • Word count: 289
  14. Compare and contrast the female roles in the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Give specific examples to illustrate your answer.

    Having an adulterine relationship with Aegisthus, Clytemnestra slays Agamemnon, her husband and the King of Mycenae. Insist on the sacred laws, Antigone defies the mandate of Creon, the Theban regent, that no one can bury the traitor Polynieces. Also, regarded as a hateful bane, Medea's vengeance on Jason, her husband, can be seen as a challenge toward the superiority of patriarchal societies.

    • Word count: 305
  15. Hardness of water

    Data Collected: Types of water Amount of Detergent Initial Amount of Water Final volume of Water Rain Water 2 drops 50 ml 81.3 ml Tap Water 2 drops 50 ml 65.28ml Sea Water 2 drops 50 ml 53.11ml Aqua pure 2 drops 50 ml 92.2ml Nautilus 2 drops 50 ml 80. 64ml Analysis of Data: To Calculate the Volume of Suds the Formulae is used (Increase in Water due to Detergent - Initial Volume in Water)

    • Word count: 487
  16. Discuss examples of metamorphosis in Greek Mythology and analyze the reasons why metamorphosis is inevitable in the mythology.

    His blood spills on the ground where a new flower which is named after Hyacinthus appears. Third, Apollo's first love is Daphne, a lovely nymph, who doesn't accept the god's love and therefore runs away from him.

    • Word count: 353
  17. 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.

    In the Song of Roland, as a chivalric piece of the Middle Ages, the fearless Roland, one of the Twelve Peers of King Charlemagne, boldly crusades against the Saracens, a pagan race which is not Christianized in Spain.

    • Word count: 401
  18. Discuss the roles of women in the Homeric epics. Give specific examples.

    The second one includes Thetis and Andromache; Penelope and Nausicaa. In the Iliad, needless to say, Helen's abduction is the cause of the Trojan War, the great battle between the Trojans and the Achaeans. Briseis originally is Achilles' booty but later snatched by Agamemnon. As a result, Achilles withdraws from the war.

    • Word count: 309
  19. Compare Adam, Moses, Job, and Jesus from the point of view of their contributions to shaping Christian thought.

    In the book of Job, God tells the Accuser, Satan, that mankind can retain his/her faith in God, so Job is chosen to be tested.

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  20. Research Study C4 Keeping Clean

    Enzymes- digest proteins, fats or carbohydrates in stains, or modify the feel of the fabric. Corrosion Inhibitors-counteract damage to equipment. Ingredients to reduce harm to the skin. Preservatives-prevent spoilage of other ingredients. 2) Animal and vegetable fats are made up of fatty acids and glycerin. Lye solution is mixed with these the lye and fatty acids form soap. Some water and glycerin may be left over. [3] 3) A) [10] [11] Na(C17H35CO2). Fatty acid + Base-->Soap B) The grease on the clothes.

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  21. The One For Yoy

    What conflicting feelings do you have about Paul based on the characterization of Paul this far? Give examples from the text to support your ideas. Paul was characterized as having a "smartness" about him and his actions. The teachers could not understand why Paul was acting that way and neither could his father. His father called the principal to "confess his perplexity about his son". And the teachers stated their charges against Paul with "rancor and aggrievedness". Paul had to seem to changed from an nice boy to now a rude and eruptive character. In paragraph 11, there is a shift in point of view.

    • Word count: 234
  22. What skills does Odysseus possess which enable him to survive the adventures he has in Books 9 and 10?

    They returned outnumbering Odysseus and his men and Odysseus lost 6 men from each ship. After the adventure on Ismarus Odysseus comes across an island where there are the lotus eaters. Odysseus showed he valued his life and that he was cautious at this point. 'I sent some of my followers inland to find out what sort of human beings might be there' this also shows a bit of cowardice as he might be sending his men in case there was danger inland.

    • Word count: 735
  23. GCSE Latin- Who is more reliable in their account of the druid culture- Julius Caesar, Tacitus or Pliny?

    and Britain. His account was written sometime between 58 and 49 BC, at a time when the Druids and their culture were still around. Much of De Bello Galli is endless skirmishes and battles, usually ending in the slaughter of many Gauls, and it is likely that JC made them more dangerous and worthier adversaries to make his conquest more glorious, including the Druids. Modern historians have charged JC with exaggerating the importance and organisation of Gallic druids, and many of his sweeping statements are not backed up by other's texts.

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  24. Euthanasia Speech

    In 1961 The Suicide Act made it legal for people to take their own lives, this meant they could no longer be punished for succeeding at committing suicide. Personally I can only see the irony in this law, it is legal to take your own life when your physical medical health could be fine but when your lying on your death bed it is against the law to end your life prematurely, even if you weren't expected to live much longer.

    • Word count: 445
  25. Romeo and Juliet

    Meanwhile, Friar John, asked to deliver this letter to Romeo was stopped because of an infectious disease. When Friar Lawrence found out about this situation, he says, "Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice, but full of charge," (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 103). Friar Lawrence talks about the bad luck that have struck these lovers and contributed to their death. "Love, give me strength, and strength shall help afford." (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 88). Juliet takes this vial for the sake of Romeo, her husband, trusting that the letter will reach Romeo. She believed her love for Romeo will help reunite her with him, and save her marriage from Paris.

    • Word count: 859

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.


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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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