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1

Ziggurat

The ziggurats were Mesopotamian religious buildings, built of mud dried brick in stepped patterns. They were created to house the city god and were also city centers.

2

Sargon

Sargon was an Akkadian ruler who created the first empire. He ruled around 2350 BCE.

3

Enhueduanna

Enhueduanna was an Akkadian priestess of the moon god. She may have been the first woman author.

4

Cuneiform

Cuneiform was a Mesopotamian form of writing that involved making wedge shapes in wet clay. It may have been the first form of writing.

5

Hammurabi

Hammurabi was a Babylonian king who ruled during the late to mid 1700's BCE. He is best known for his set of laws called the Code of Hammurabi.

6

In Medias res

A literary device which involves starting a story in the middle of an action. For example, the Odyssey, which employs this device, picks up with the gods arguing.

7

Demodocus

Demodocus was the minstrel who sang in King Alicinous's court. He sang many songs which foreshadowed or related to events that would happen in Odysseus's journey.

8

Antinous

Antinous was the most outspoken of all the suitors. He insults Odysseus often.

9

Diaspora

Diaspora is the displacement of a group of people. An example of diaspora would be the Jewish exile in Babylon.

10

stock epithet

adjective or adjective phrase that is used so often it becomes part of the name. An example would be found in Homer's Odyssey, in which Athena is often called the "grey eyed goddess".

11

Name three themes in the Odyssey

Hospitality, the maturation of Telemachus, faithfulness, civilized vs. uncivilized