Friday, September 4

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 2! If you are in Myth-Folklore, this morning is the grace period for the Thursday essay-or-reading assignment. Also, the blog commenting assignment is now available for both classes. See below for details:

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 2 Blog Comments. This assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some Growth Mindset posts.

Growth Mindset Challenges. Some people have already started doing Growth Mindset Challenges, which are extra credit assignments you can do each week. You can see the latest growth posts here: Growth Mindset Posts.

Projects. This weekend, most of you are going to be getting started on some Project brainstorming, and there's also a Project Feedback assignment to help you get some practice for the kind of commenting you will be doing on the projects later on. I hope you will have fun exploring the possibilities!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

This is a Library. "This is a library: crossroads of civilization, refuge of all the arts against the ravages of time..." Yes, I am a fan of libraries!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is AVATAR, which is a Sanskrit word meaning "descent," as when a god descends from heaven and takes on an earthly form. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Demigod Daycare. It is a special occasion at Demigod Daycare: the Muses themselves have come to tell stories to little Heracles and Perseus and the other children of the gods and goddesses.

Free Book Online: Historic Tales - Roman by Charles Morris. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes the ancient myths of Rome's foundation, all the way up to invasion of the Goths in the fourth century C.E., an event that would finally lead to the fall of Rome.

India Comic Book: Mahiravana: A Magician Outwitted. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This fantastic story of Ravana's son the magician is not part of the traditional Ramayana, but it features all the main Ramayana characters: Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman, and the rest.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts (from the poet Ovid). Details at the Proverb Lab. And yes, this is the same Ovid who wrote the Metamorphoses that some of you in Myth-Folklore have been reading this week.

Today's Video: Karsh Kale: Milan. The studio recording of Milan is wonderful, too, but this live performance with Midivil Punditz is my favorite version! For more about Karsh Kale and his amazing tabla drumming, see Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset. Today's growth mindset cat has lofty ambitions: And if I try harder, I can climb higher. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus:  Today is the opening of a big new exhibit at the Fred Jones Art Museum: Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums where you can see 20 busts that have come all the way from Rome's Capitoline Museums (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 4: Mary Renault. Today, September 4, marks the birthday of the English novelist Mary Renault who was born in 1904 and died in 1983. Renault wrote novels based on ancient Greek mythology and ancient Greek history. She wrote a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus (The King Must Die, Bull from the Sea), as well as a trilogy of novels about Alexander the Great. The middle novel of that Alexander trilogy — The Persian Boy — is my own personal favorite of her novels. The novel is narrated by Bagoas, the Persian boy whom Alexander took as his lover. Renault was one of the first historical novelists to write openly about homosexual love in ancient Greece, and the story she tells in The Persian Boy is intense, dramatic, and unforgettable. Highly recommended!

Note: You can page back through the older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.