Welcome to the Research Wiki created by the class of 2015. Our unit that we have been studying consists of the Epic Poem “The Odyssey” attributed to Homer. On this page you will find both internal and external links linking to each of our classmates extensive research. Internal links will steer you into other pages on our wiki. And external links will pull you out of our webpage and onto other webpages not published by the students. The purposes of the internal links are to unite us into one class. This research wiki based on Greece will show original artwork from our students and information based on their findings. The original artworks
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will express the students’ creativity and their understanding of the unit. We have topics that relate to both ancient and modern Greece and the impact that traditions have had on both eras. The traditions and culture will also be dissected into more specific topics covering the change of tradition from Ancient Greece to Modern Greece. We also portray the significance of who the Gods and Goddesses and Monsters were and how they contributed to Ancient Greek Society. Some gods and goddesses we studied include Aphrodite, Athena, Poseidon and Zeus. We do not only have knowledge about mythological existence but also about important Greek icons (people) and what role they play in everyday life of the Greeks. Some Greek icons we scouted out from the past include Jason of Argo, Aesop, and Achilles. The Greeks are also very proud of their traditions and of their culture. The traditions and culture that the Greeks expressthroughout history are extensive. Some things we studied were Ancient Greek Food, Ancient Olympics, and Ancient Greek Theatre. If you spent a day in Athens, Greece’s capital, you will see both modern and ancient buildings. We studied some Ancient Greek Architecture in Greece that has left a mark on their lives and the city itself, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Not only have we studied the visual attractions but also the hidden parts such as Greek City states also known as Polis. The mythology, Greek icons, Traditions and Culture, and Places of Ancient Greece has lead up to the successful life the Modern Greeks live today.

chaos.JPGTo every story, there is a beginning; this story begins with a deep nothingness known as Chaos. Then, out of the dark, Gaia (JEE-ah), the motherly goddess of planet earth and Tartarus, the ruler of the gloomy underground kingdom, the two powerful states of being slowly formed into one and the world finally began to take shape. Gaia and Tartarus were not the only ones on the earth for long; soon after, company had arrived. Eros, the god of love had been the next god to emerge out of Chaos. Eros helped Gaia create a husband for her. Her newfound husband was Uranus, the god of the sky. Together, Gaia and Uranus made twelve giant children, six male and six female. In Greek Mythology, they are known as Titans. After the titans arrived, soon became the beasts we know as today called Cyclopes. Heroes are known to be people who give up their life tosave another; to put themselves in danger to help another. Chaos might have been a deep nothingness to the mythological world, but to the modern world, he was a god of great purpose and great importance. So are all the other gods the Greek worshiped in ancient time

Worthy of the reputation of having great interests, tourist attractions, diverse country and influenced by its location, Greece is a truly amazing country. Their location is placed at the junction between the East and West coasts of the world. They are prominent of their culture and traditions and speak of their homeland with intense passion and satisfactory. Just as most countries take pride in having and fulfilling the successful life of their previous tradition, the Ancient Greek People bulge with pride, boasting to others about the accomplishments they did throughout the history of their existence. If you participate in their culture and traditions you will define yourself as a true belonging to their country; whether or not you are foreign to the environment or not. Moreover, their music, foods, and language are major composites of proving your Greek culture and pride. Their many tourist attractions establish and motivate the magic for those who dream of visiting the amazing homeland of the Greek People.

If I were to ask you to make a list of heroes, they would come as easy as 1,2,3. But if I were to ask you what is a hero, the vessels connecting to your brain transmitting the answers to your mouth might come a little slower. Hero – a word used daily, but never fully understood to its real potential. A hero is someone who does good deeds out of the goodness and love in their heart. Who is willing to put themselves in danger for someone else’s safety. Whether it be a complete stranger or a close relative; there is no doubt that the hero will always come and save the day. In all cultures there are heroes that stand out or the sidekicks that make the hero shine. In Greece, the heroes of the day were worshiped as Gods; and treated as if they were the people’s masters. They were like angels from heaven being sent down to save the people of the land. Some heroes or Greek icons we admire today, which have done great deeds, include Hercules and Jason of Argo.jasonprofile.jpg Growing up and slowing figuring out the world I am positive of one thing; heroes are everywhere. Whether they save the world from mass destruction or they save one person’s life from the end of their existence, they all have a full-loved heart, brave soul and a courageous mindset to face the battles they need to fight in order to make a difference.

Looking through the hourglass of the vantage point of the present, what we call history is like a never-ending highway. The roads from before intertwining together to make the paved road we travel on today. The roads are being paved by human events that have occurred and left a mark in either a positive or negative way but no doubt stand out. Other roads, less distinct, are hidden from view. The civilization architected by the Greek – religion, tradition, art – as well as aspects of the world that we use more everyday – what we eat, what we wear – all developed by the Greek are perfected by the historical roads we already travelled on. With that stated, in history all progression, either moving forward or reliving the past, the past can always traced by every facet in modern life. Mileposts that are planted show that even from a distance of many centuries ago, they are still visible and clear to the human eye.

By: Nicol
15 December 2011



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