Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Trojan Women (extra credit)

Please read Euripides' Trojan Women either at the link here or (probably better) in Moses Hadas' Greek Drama (available at the bookstore).

The Greeks regarded the words of their great playwrights as "theopneutos," i.e., God-breathed. Do you agree?  Cite a line or two from the play that might show why the Greeks regarded writers like Euripides as almost equivalent to prophets and explain why you find this line/these lines inspired or inspiring. Do you see here a line worth committing to memory?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Daniel (Extra Credit)

Please read Chapter 1-7 and Chapter 12 of Daniel. What do you see in the stories that might have helped Ancient Israel provide ethical guidance or emotional fulfillment?  What do you see here that show something about how Ancient Israel taught the world "new ways to dream"?

Thursday, January 2, 2020


Welcome to Inherently Interesting Spring 2020, the most wonderful, most interesting, and most important blog at this particular URL. Your comments and questions on this blog will help make the class even more wonderful and interesting--and occasionally earn you a bit of extra credit!

To get started, here's a test of the History 121 extra credit system. Click the "comments" link below and answer one (or more) of the following questions:
  •  What historical figure or event do you find the most interesting?
  •  What is the first thing that comes into your head when you here the word "history"?
  •  What's the best thing that's happened to you so far in this new year?