Greek Monster Pumpkins
A Latin Project for Halloween 

Due Date:  October 31st

 1.      Acquire a pumpkin with which to depict your Greek Monster.  Your teacher will assign one of the Greek monsters found below.  

          a.       Do not carve or cut into your pumpkin. (It will rot too quickly!)

          b.      In addition to the pumpkin, use other materials to create a vivid representation of the monster - paint, yarn, colored paper, shoes, horns, wigs, tails, etc.  Be creative!

 2.      Tell a mythological tale with your monster as a character. While your story may include modern and creative elements, the character of the monster must adhere to Greek mythology.  This tale should be typed, double spaced, and at least 200 words.

 3.      Include at least three (3) sentences in Latin.  Use more Latin if you would like.

The Eight Greek Monsters

Argus:  With one hundred eyes all over his body, Argus was a natural guardian.  He is said to have slept with two eyes closed, leaving 98 to watch for mischief.  Hera put him to work guarding Io, to prevent Zeus from getting his hands on that beautiful nymph.  Zeus, however, managed to have his way. He sent Hermes to sooth the hundred-eyed monster into deep sleep and kill him.  To honor her fallen ally, Hera put Argus's hundred eyes into the feathers of the peacock's tail.

Cerberus: This huge and powerful three-headed dog guarded the gates to the underworld.  No ordinary dog, it had a snake for tail, more snakes as a mane, and the claws of a lion.  As a guard dog, it made sure no one alive entered Hades, and no shades could escape.  Hercules, to complete his final labor, brought Cerberus back alive to king Eurystheus.  

Cyclopes: The Cyclopes were the servants of Hephaestus, working at the forge.  The most infamous of these one-eyed giants was Polyphemus, who ate a few of Odysseus's men, whom he had trapped in his cave on Mr. Aetna. Odysseus famously blinded Polyphemus in order to escape under the bellies of the monsters own sheep.  

Gorgons: The Serpents for hair and bronze talons for hands made this dreadful monster feared by all, but they were most known for their powerful gaze turning men to stone.  Medusa was the most famous.  She was killed by Perseus, who used her severed head to turn evil king Polydectes to stone.

Hydra: This monster, which lived in a Lernean swamp, had nine heads and poisonous blood.  Hercules tried to kill it by cutting off its heads, but every time he cut one away, two new ones grew.  Finally, Hercules cauterized the necks, and, although he had to grapple with a huge crab at the same time, he managed to kill Hydra.   Hercules then tainted his arrows with the Hydra's blood, rendering them deadly poisonous.

Minotaur: After king Minos of Crete defeated the Athenians in war, he exacted a terrible tribute.  Every years Athens had to send seven noble sons and seven noble daughter to Crete, where they were locked into the famous labyrinth built by Daedalus.  Inside the walls lurked the minotaur, a man-eating monster, part man, but with the head of a bull. Theseus at last volunteer to be sent as one of the noble youth, and, with Ariadne's help, he killed the beast.

Scylla and Charybdis: These powerful monsters harassed sailors, one from each side of the straight of Messina.  Scylla plucked sailors from ships and ate them alive.  Charybdis caused a whirlpool into which whole ships were lost.    

Sirens: Giant creatures with wings and women's heads.  They sang so beautifully that sailors were lured into shipwreck. In Homer's Odyssey, it is told that Odysseus plugged up his sailors' ears with wax, while he himself was tied to the mast of the ship.  In this way, he was able to hear the sirens' song and still sail through to safety.

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