Studying Greek Epics in Humanities

As part of our study of ancient Greek history in Freshman Humanities we are reading the famous Greek epic, the Iliad. We believe it is important to understand where a culture comes from historically to really understand who they are in literature. The Greeks loved to display their heroic individualism and arête (courage, manliness, and excellence)  in battle and in contest. So, when the Greeks were challenged by the great Persian Empire in the 5th century BCE the result was the Persian Wars in which the Greeks, although outnumbered drastically, prevailed. Today, to summarize our findings, the students used a graphic organizer to draw the four major battles (including tactics and outcomes) of the Persian Wars. History can be fun!