1. As you look at the Black-Figure Panel Amphora, review the story of Achilles and Memnon. Imagine you are the scriptwriter for a Hollywood version of this story. Write out a working script. This should include directions about the location, the costumes, the camera position, the action of the characters, and a title. Finally, write out the conversations, including what is said by Memnon and Achilles as they battle hand to hand.
You may want to treat this production like a real business deal and 'hire' different people to write different sections of your working script.
ACHILLES AND MEMNON
2. The way to write Achilles in Greek is ACILLEUS. Using the Greek alphabet with English equivalents, write the names of today's heroes and heroines in Greek. You might use Troy Aikman, Jackie Joiner, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and YOUR NAME too.
3. In the movie Beauty and the Beast, Lumiere (the French word for candelabrum) was a cheery person who enjoyed life. Consider the candelabrum from the Meissen Porcelain Factory. Would the young woman on this object be a good companion for Lumiere? Why or why not? What would you name her? Compose a short story about their meeting.
4. Pretend you are a speech writer for the Committee for Public Safety. Write a speech for Mr. Billaud-Varenne. Be sure to keep his personality in mind as you write.
5. The painting Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte has been described as a hymn to rural life. A number of poets in the 19th century actually wrote such works. Read aloud the poem, "The Solitary Reaper." Now discuss the work. Do you think this poem reflects the spirit of this painting? Try making a poem or song of your own that reflects the feelings you have about nature.
6. Compare The Forest of Fontainebleau and Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte. Make your comparison by choosing adjectives that apply to each painting. Take a sheet of paper, separate it into 2 parts, and list the adjectives you think are appropriate for each one.
When you have finished, look at the words. Do some of the adjectives show up in more than one column? What does this tell you about the paintings?