Do you agree with Hamilton’s condemnation of the Greek Pantheon as mostly “harmful” and “capricious” in the first paragraph of the chapter?
Why does Hamilton argue she should be older? • Why does Hamilton argue she should be a woman?
How does Demeter try to give Demophoon immortal youth? What is the outcome of this plan?
What effect does Demeter’s grief have on the earth? • What action does Zeus take?
What does Zeus tell Hades to do? • How does Hades thwart this plan?
While the Olympians were “the happy gods,” what emotions are present in the stories of Demeter and Persephone?
What awful fate befalls his mother? Why does Zeus have to uphold his promise to her?
Why is Dionysus’ birth of fire and childhood of rain appropriate for his function as god of the vine?
Why do the pirates kidnap Dionysus? • How does Dionysus show his divinity to the pirates? • What fate do they suffer?
How do the follwers of Dionysus differ in their worship from the attendees of the other gods?
Why does Dionysus return to Thebes? • Who is Pentheus?
What awful fate does Pantheus experience? • Why do you think Dionysus encouraged his demise?
Besides knowledge of winemaking (viticulture), what is Dionysus’ greatest gift to the word? • Where is his festival celebrated?
Why and how does Dionysus die every year? • What is more hopeful about Dionysus’ death than Persephone’s?
Biopoem 12 line poem & Illustration
Line 1. Name: • Line 2. God/Goddess of: • Line 3. Relative (“brother,” “sister,” “daughter,” etc.) of: • Line 4. Four traits that describe character: • Line 5. Who loves (list three things or people): • Line 6. Who hates (list three things or people): • Line 7. Who feels (three things): • Line 8. Who fears (three things): • Line 9. Who gives (three things): • Line 10. Who would like to see (three things): • Line 11. Resides in: • (Line 12. One more line somewhere in poem)