Your Modern Pantheon
You’ve studied the Olympians of Ancient Greece? Who are they today? Working in small groups, create a pantheon of your modern gods (a modern frieze!). Find the modern version of the god, write his/her name, domain, and explain why this celebrity / character / historical figure is the incarnation of the ancient god.
1. Use a photo of an easily identifiable celebrity / character / historical figure.
2. Name that celebrity / character / historical figure. Provide the Greek and Roman names.
3. Describe that domain.
4. In a well-developed and clever paragraph, explain how/why this celebrity suits the role of this god or goddess. Provide examples from their lives/roles.
Choose SIX (6) for your modern pantheon: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hermes, Ares, Hephaestus, Demeter, Persephone, Dionysus, Hestia, Prometheus, Rhea, Gaea, Cronus, Ouranos, or other gods we’ve studied thus far in the Greek realm.
Goddess of Love
Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Some might argue the most beautiful. It is as though she was groomed from birth to be beautiful – her name, “Jolie,” means “pretty” in French, the language of love.
Her personal life is filled with passionate love relationships. For example, she married Billy Bob Thornton, stealing him away from his fiancé. Their passion was so extreme, they even wore little vials of each other’s blood on their necklaces. In her fictional life on the screen, her roles fulfill goddess of love, beauty and lust. She has played many sexy roles from Laura Croft (a “super” woman with skills) to Mrs. Smith (a sexy spy and wife). It was on this set that she met her “Adonis,” Brad Pitt, a beautiful man, with whom she has created a love-filled blended family of their biological children and adopted children from around the world. Even now, Jolie continues to epitomize beauty and love, though perhaps selflessly, for now she spends much of her time trying to help impoverished areas in the world. Her inner beauty now matches her outer beauty.