Wednesday, April 29

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook Ballots. For more information about the Storybook Ballots for Myth-Folklore, Indian Epics, and World Literature, see yesterday's announcements. The Ballot is available today, Wednesday, and on Thursday until 10PM. I'll have the results on Friday in the Announcements.

Course evaluation at You all should have received an email from the College of Arts & Sciences about the course evaluations for all your courses available at the website. For more information about this, see yesterday's announcements.

Storybook stack. The Storybook stack is still pretty big, but I made a lot of progress on Tuesday! I've been working through the assignments with a focus on those people whose Storybook assignment points will allow them to finish up the class - so if you find yourself in that situation, let me know and I'll move your assignment(s) up to the top of the stack. Meanwhile, you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

Ancient Roman Floralia. We are in the midst of the ancient Roman festival called Floralia, which last from April 27 through May 3 - that is, from ante diem quartum Kalendas Maias in the old Roman Calendar, until ante diem quintum Nonas Maias (those Roman dates are for those of you who have studied Latin!). Flora was a goddess in ancient Rome, and she presided over flowers and all blossoming plants. You can read more about the Floralia here, and you can see the goddess in Botticelli's Primavera (Spring); the goddess Venus (Aphrodite) is in the center, while to the right the wind Zephyr is chasing the nymph Chloris, who is then transformed into the smiling goddess Flora, is all covered with flowers (detail view):