Judging the semester projects
for the myth you feel is best. Use the collowing criteria.
the storyline itself what the characters do and say, and
the themes that shape their words and actions. Your verdict should
reflect how compelling you feel the plot is, how well it holds
your interest, and its relative logic. ("Relative logic" means
the storytelling logic of the myth in and of itself, not any kind
of absolute or "real world" sensibility.)
the arrangement of the plot, or the overall flow. Your verdict
should reflect the coherence of the story as the sum of its parts.
If you feel that the author said exactly what he or she needed
to say, and in the best order possible, then reward the author
accordingly. If the author needed to say more in a particular
part, or could have told the story in a more coherent order, penalize
the most arbitary category. Classicism includes the author's use
of Greco-Roman characters, situations themes, situations, and
motifs. Your score will reflect how well the author understands
both the world of Greek and Roman myth, but also the methods and
styles of conveying that world. Note that quantity in this category
is not equal to quality. A myth that features five Greco-Roman
characters and two ekphrases is not necessarily better than a
story with only three characters and no ekphrasis. "Use" is a
matter of application and judgment. Remember, too, that "tweaking"
the classical tradition is in itself a classical tradition.
how well the author presented his or her story. There are a number
of factors to consider here diction, enunciation, self-confidence,
as well as characterization. Who is the best storyteller?