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'Classics in Translation' Previous Question- 2014 with Answer



Subject code: 1188

Classics in Translation

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

1.   Answer any ten questions:                                                                                     1´10 = 10

      a.  Who arranged the funeral games in Homer's lliad?

           Ans :  Achilles arranged the funeral games in Homer's ‘lliad’ in honor of Patroclus.

      b.  Who was Menelaus?

           Ans : In Greek mythology, Menelaus, son of Atreus, was a king of Mycenaean Sparta and the husband of Helen of Troy.

      c.  What was the name of King Priam's wife?

           Ans : The name of King Priam's wife is Hecuba.

      d.  Who is Xanthias?

           Ans : In ‘The Frogs’, Xanthias is the slave of Dionysus.

      e.  Who was Clytemnestra?

           Ans : Clytemnstra was the sister of Helen and the wife of Agamemnon.

      f.  What was Agamemnon's dilemma?

           Ans : Agamemnon's dilemma was that he was torn in between his duty towards his nation and his duty towards his family.

      g.  Why did Theseus go to the underworld?

           Ans : Theseus went to the underworld to return a favour to Pirithous who helped him kidnap Helen.

      h.  Who was Pelias?

           Ans : In Greek mythology, Pelias, the king of Iolcus, was son of the sea god Poseidon and Tyro.

      i.   Who was Seneca?

           Ans : Seneca was a Roman philosopher and dramatist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He served as tutor to the emperor Nero and later became his advisor.

      j.  What suspicion did Creon have against Medea?

           Ans : Creon had the suspicion against Medea that she might do harm to her daughter.

      k.  Whom did Pluto marry?

           Ans : Pluto married Proserpine.

      l.   How did Phaedra die?

           Ans : Phaedra killed herself with the sword of Hippolytus,


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Discuss the involvement of Patroclus in the Trojan War.

3. Write a note on Achilles’ shield.

4. Trace the origin of the Greek tragedy with special reference to Aeschylus.

5. Is Medea a wife only, or also a mother? Discuss.

6. Why did Aeschylus and Euripides attack each other? What was the result?

7. What role does Dionysus play in ‘The Frogs’?

8. Discuss the kind of life spent by Hippolytus.

9. Write what you know about Jason.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What picture of society do you find in Homer’s ‘Iliad’?

11. Compare the character of Achilles with that of Hector.

12. Do you think that ‘The Frogs’ is a literary satire? If do, illustrate.

13. How does Aeschylus treat the theme of hereditary guilt in ‘Agamemnon’?

14. Make comments on the function of the chorus in ‘Phaedra’ by Seneca.

15. Discuss the dramatic significance of the opening scene in ‘Agamemnon’.

16. What role does the chorus play in Medea?

17. Summarise the literary debate between Aeschylus and Euripides.

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