melanthius

revisiondesk  asked:

Hey I'm studying classics and noticed you made a Odyssey Mindmap! My teacher basically only read it with us and I was just wondering what way you went about learning it in class and then for your revision! You're the only person I've found doing classics so this would be a lot of help!😊

My teacher gave us a revision list, these are some of the things that will come up in the exam:

Hospitality/xenia
-Nestor
-Menelaus
-The Phaecians
-Cyclops
-Laestrygonians
-Suitors
-Calypso

Involvement of the Gods
-Poseidon/Calypso
-Zeus
-Athena
-Ino of the slim ankles
-Hermes

Disguise/Recognition/Revelation/Reunion
-Odysseus as a beggar
-Athena’s disguise
-Odysseus reveals himself to Telemachus, Eumaeus, Philoetus, Eurycleia, Penelope, Laertes.

Revenge
-Suitors
-Melanthius/Antinous
-Battle in the hall
-Maids, the priest Leodes
-Phemius

Role of Females
-Immortals - Calypso, Circe
-Queens - Helen, Arete, Penelope, Clytemnestra

Odysseus as hero/leader
-Strengths
-Weaknesses

Role of minor characters
-Eumaeus
-Melanthius
-Nestor
-Menelaus
-Melantho
-Eurycleia
-Nausicaa

Supernatural/mythical reality
-Adventure section
-Realistic settings - Ithaca, Pylos, Sparta, Phaeacia

Passage based questions
-Dramatic impact

The structure of the narrative
-Brief summary of the plot

Signs, omens and prophecies
-Halitherses 
-Tiresias 
-The Oclymenus
-Prophecy Phaecians hear
-Poseidon 
-Signs throughout the return section (Argos the dog)

Ways that I revise Classics:

  • Make a flow diagram of the plot, because for the first question they will ask you about a sequence of events. Focus on the adventure section an the return section. Basically, make sure you know each plot summary.
  • Mind maps of all the information condensed. So for each topic, such as minor characters in the Odyssey, put them all on a mind map and then frequently review them.
  • Use the glossary at the back of the book, as they have all characters (and important characters in capital letters), which quotes, so you can easily find some quotes to back up your points.
  • Make flashcards for the characters, it can be difficult to remember the names of characters and their role as some of the names are very similar for example: Melanthius/Melantho. So use flashcards and add their role, if they are a good/bad character, and where they feature throughout the epic.

Hope this helps :-)