Our students need to gain a deeper insight into the issue of migration in order to understand the current developments in Europe and to become active citizens. We want to collect information about modern day refugees, but also analyze literature, philosophy and history to put the present events in a bigger perspective.
TASKS: Here is a collaborative activity to do with your partners. Good luck!
2. W. Turner, Shipwreck of the Minotaurus, 1793
Odyssey is one of two major ancientGreek epic poems attributed to Homer. The poem mainly focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War.
The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It comprises 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter.The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.
Also in the manner of Homer, the story proper begins in medias res (in the middle of things), with the Trojan fleet in the eastern Mediterranean, after Troj distruction, heading in the direction of Italy. The fleet, led by Aeneas, is on a voyage to find a new home.
Why Odysseus and Aeneis are so significant for us?
they have to escape from his home because of "ire" of God. But he wish to stay home.
their trip is long and exhausting.
they navigate in dangerous waters, suffering hunger, thirst and cold.
they are in terrible storms on the Mediterranean sea being shipwrecked in inhospitable lands.
Odysseus and Aeneis are refugees
# TASK 1 - EACH GROUP READS THE EXTRACTS FROM THESE TWO OLD POEMS, AND THEN POSTS A COMMENT IN THE COLUMN ON THE RIGHT COMPARING AENEIS AND ODYSSEY TALES WITH THE CURRENT EVENTS. GOOD LUCK!!
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