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Bible Odyssey

Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible

  • Lesson 3: “The Metamorphoses” and Later Works of Art: A Comparison of Mythic Imagery

    Created November 10, 2014
    Metamorpheses unit image Apollo and Daphne

    Students survey works of art derived from many different eras and schools based on myths from The Metamorphoses. They compare the imagery in the artworks with the passages detailing Ovid’s original tales to understand the artists’ frame of reference and choices.

  • Lesson 2: “The Metamorphoses” and Modern Poetry: A Comparison of Mythic Characters

    Created November 7, 2014
    Metamorpheses unit image Apollo and Daphne

    Students compare two versions of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Ovid’s version in (Bk X: 1–85) tells the story primarily from an androcentric point of view through the character, Orpheus. In the version expressed by 20th –century a poet H.D. offers the story from a woman’s point of view and articulates the emotions of a broken-hearted, and downright angry, Eurydice.

  • Lesson 1: “The Metamorphoses” and Genesis: A Comparison of Creation-Flood Stories

    Created November 7, 2014
    Metamorpheses unit image Apollo and Daphne

    Students compare the stories of creation as told by Ovid in Book I. of The Metamorphoses with the Biblical narrative of creation as told in Genesis: 1–2. They identify the significance of those elements and the emphasis placed on them.

    Household Genius wearing a toga

    Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

    Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

    The gold medal of the 2012 Olympics

    The Olympics

    To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.

    The Phoenician Alphabet

    Getting to Know the Phoenician Alphabet

    Roll over the different symbols below to learn more about the Phoenician Alphabet, from which the modern western alphabet evolved.


    Gudea of Lagash, ca. 2012 BCE

    World History for Us All

    World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.

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    Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

    Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives aims to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

    Greek god Hephaestus


    This NEH-supported educational website from the Universities of Cincinnati and Tübingen has archeological information, animations, geography, history, time lines, myths and legends as well as teaching and learning resources: all in an engaging format for the classroom.