From Gilgamesh to Beowulf
Our Literature studies this year will closely follow our History curriculum of ancient civilizations. We will be exploring epic poems and heroic tales that were written during the time period in history we are studying; Gilgamesh as we study Mesopotamia, Osiris alongside ancient Egypt, The Iliad and ancient Greece etc… Along the way we will be learning about the tradition of heroism in literature using Joseph Campbell’s Stages of The Monomyth, learning how to master a comparative essay, playwriting, poetry and more. Using age appropriate translations, as well as sampling primary sources, we hope to sink our teeth into King David, The Tao Te Ching, The Ramayana, The Bhagavad Gita and Beowulf as well. Our plan is to also experience these works as our distant ancestors did, through oral tradition, theatrics, artwork and song.
Serving as a beautiful compliment to this class, the children will be taking an Antiquities Class at The Met on Fridays from October through January. It is titled Pause for Pegasus and promises to explore Epic poems and Dramas while studying relevant artifacts throughout the museum. The fall semester they tackle Herodotus and in the Spring semester they will study Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics.