Daedalus was a great Athenian architect and inventor. He was accused of murder, and imprisoned on the island of Crete by King Minos. How do his talents both save and destroy him?
Homesick for homeland, Daedalus hated Crete
1. Why does Daedalus invent the wings?
The brief verse below concludes Ovid's collection of poems. What does the poet hope to achieve?
Now I have done my work. It will endure,
1. How long does the poet hope his work will last?
Martial wrote in the first century A.D. He was known for his witty comments about the society in which be lived. Try to decide what kind of man Martial was as you read his poems.
Though you serve richest wines,
1. What is the rumor about Paulus?
2. Does the speaker claim to believe the rumor? Do you think he or she really does? Support your answer.
3. Do you think it's ever right to say one thing when you believe another? Explain.
Your birthday I wished to observe with a gift:
1. The speaker wishes to give Quintus a present. Why doesn't this happen?
2. How does the line "Every man to his taste" apply to Quintus and the speaker?
3. Why do you suppose the speaker "remarks with some haste" the date of his birthday? Do you think these actions are typical of most people? Explain.
The golden hair that Galla wears
1. The reader is told that "the golden hair that Galla wears/Is hers." Why do you think the speaker adds "who would have thought it"?
2. What does Galla swear to?
3. Why is the last line funny? How does it tie in to the meaning of "the hair is hers"? Explain your answer.