5-Classical Bestiary

  • Teacher in charge of managing this activity: Theodoros Tomaras

    Skills that you are going to strengthen with this activity:

    -Competence in artistic and cultural expressions: you will improve awareness of classical mythology and its influence in arts and literature.

    -Linguistic competence: you will strength basic skills in English, classical languages, literature and arts.

    -Social and civic competence: The debate about accepting the physical features of the others will promote integration. Furthermore, working in international teams will improve your multicultural and multilingual competence.

    -Digital competence. Search for and process information critically and sistematically. Collaboratively create and share digital content.

    -Learning to learn competence: you will be able to pursue and persist in learning, to organize your own learning, including through effective management of time and information, both individually and in groups through cooperative work and interdisciplinary methodology.

    Assessment rubric

    What is a bestiary?

    A bestiary, or bestiarum vocabulum, is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. Wikipedia

    You are going to collect an analiyze animals and mythologycal creatures from Greco-Roman antiquity:

    -Creatures made up of animals and human beings: Minotaur, Satyr, Centaur and Medusa.

    -Frightening animals: Basilisk, Hydra, Catoblepas, Phoenix, Cerberus, Calydonian boar, Thyphoeus, and Nemean Lion.

    Each international team will make a Genially presentation on a different mythologycal creature to elaborate the final product that will be a Google presentation of the Classical Bestiary.

    Instructions for making the presentation

    a-The Genially presentation will consist of the following sections:

    1-Name and etymology of the monster from Ancient Greek and Latin (in English).

    2-Monster`s genealogy and ancient literary sources (in English).

    3-Monster`s description written and oral in English, Greek, Spanish and Basque)

    4-Monster`s iconography and multimedia materials (films, documentaries, comics...) (in English).

    5-Monster`s symbolism (in English)

    6-Monster`s survival and influence on Western culture (arts, literature, cinema...) (in English).

    b-Do not forget to mention the sources from where you get the information.

    c-Use public domain or royalty-free images.

    d-Assessment rubric.

    Here you have an example of presentation:

    Online resources to consult

    -Bestiary (Theoi Greek Mythology)

    -Bestiary (Greek mythology Link)

    -Online Etymology Dictionary

    -Dictionary of Classical Mythology by M.R. Wright

    -Oxford Classsical Dictionary

    -Interpretation of Greek Mythology


    Digital tool: Genially


    Genially is a digital tool that will allow you to make collaborative presentations with your group mates.

    Here you have some simple tutorials to make presentations with Genially:

    Final product: Classical Bestiary