Module 4: Respond to one viewing/reading source (200 words minimum) and then to at least two other student posts (15 points/5 pts/5 pts). At least 300 words total are expected (add word count). Write directly in the typing field. Always title your post with the name of the program/article, so people know at a glance your focus. I might award a point for clever and relevant links, but please – no tired memes or tweets, and absolutely nothing cruel or off-color.
Remember that for the Discussion boards, you must respond to one topic directly and respond to at least two of your peers’ comments as well, one of which MUST be on a different topic than your own. Thus, counting your peer responses, you’ll always be involved in the discussion of at least two different topics. This means you may have to wait until someone chimes in on another topic than yours — hence obliging you to go back and rejoin the discussion!
For your main response, choose one of these three topics and answer at least two of the discussion points:
•What specific details (2 or 3, at least) did Alice Kober determine about Linear B before her death? How was she know for organizing her ideas? What first inspired Michael Ventris to his research? Give at least one key detail he reveals in the brief interview clip. How did he and Kober get along? How did each of them die? Finally, as also noted in the Bettany Hughes documentary, what have we learned from the Linear B translations? And what kind of cultural record did NOT emerge from them? This last point allows you to use some imagination!
•The destruction of Thera over 3500 year ago probably inspired Plato’s account from 1000 years later (not mentioned in the article) of what popular cultural myth? What evidence has emerged to further corroborate the eruption? What further effects would have been felt then, and where? In what specific ways might this story differ from the recent theory about the Kofels event?
•After reviewing the story at the Un-Museum, explain what ancient ruins Heinrich Schliemann discovered, and how. What did he do at the first site in particular, what happened, and what do you think of his actions and methods?