Please write a good solid paragraph where you comment on any
of the following topics, raise any questions that come to mind: what do you
know about this week's topic already? what interests you about this topic? what
more would you like to learn about it? When you are done, post your comments
in the "Starting Assumptions" section of this week's Blackboard
Discussion Board. Please make sure that you do this by
Tuesday midnight; it is up to you whether you want to do this before
or after the Background assignment (either way is fine).
Note: you do not have to answer all these questions; just
pick the ones that are the most relevant to what's on your mind.
- when you think about the word "martyrdom", what are the ideas
and images that come to mind? do you know the stories of any of the early
Christian martyrs? (Sebastian,
for example? Stephen?
do you know the stories of some of the famous female martyrs of Christianity?
and Felicity? Lucy?
- what do you think the role of the "saints" has been in the history
of the Christian Church? are there any saints who are important to you in
your life? have you ever read any "lives of the saints" in a history
or literature class? have you read any "lives of the saints" as
part of your religious education?
- what do you think about the phenomnenon of "suicide martyrs" in
modern guerrilla warfare? is there a difference between these suicide martyrs
and enlisted soldiers who die in battle?
- have you ever read any of the Roman comedies by Plautus or Terence? have
you seen the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum? have you
seen any of the comedies of Shakespeare?
- what is the last live play that you saw performed in a theater? what is
the best live play you have ever seen in your life? have you ever performed
in a play?
Modern Languages 4970 / MRS 4903: Medieval Latin. Spring
2003 Online Course at the University of Oklahoma. Visit http://www.ou.edu/online/
for more info.
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