The Adventures of Theseus, Episode 2

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On the Way to Athens


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Like Hercules, Theseus is a hero of many adventures. Have students retell one (or more) of his heroic encounters in the style of a TV episode, or perhaps a skit that will actually be filmed in class. For this activity, students need to move beyond the words on the page and reimagine the myth as a television episode or video. Students need to consider setting, theme, characters, point of view, and more when devising a movie storyboard!

Some of Theseus' Adventures

Theseus encountered quite a few villains in his day:

  • Periphetes the Club-Bearer
  • Sinis the Pine-Bender
  • Phaia (Crommyonian Sow)
  • Sceiron
  • Cercyon
  • Procrustes
  • Medea
  • Minotaur
  • Marathon Bull
  • Amazons
  • Centaurs and Lapiths

Filming Aspects to Consider

  • Setting and props
  • Character costumes
  • Actions and emotions of characters
  • Character dialogue
  • Narrator/voiceover
  • Camera point of view
  • Camera shot distance
  • Camera movement within a shot
  • Background audio, sound effects, music
  • Lighting and/or filters
  • Camera Focus

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Example Theseus Heroic Episode

1Establish the shotNarrator: When we last left Theseus, he had discovered his true identity and set off for Athens.Theseus walks toward the camera from a distance.
2Zoom in on PeriphetesNarrator: Periphetes the Club-Bearer. He is the son of Hephaestus and Anticleia. His favorite pastimes include whacking people on the head with a bronze club and robbing their corpses.
3Cut to full shotPeriphetes: Halt, Traveler! I am Periphetes. Don't worry, you won't need to remember my name for much longer. I shall beat you with my bronze club! Periphetes jumps out from behind a tree. Theseus is startled.
4Cut to mid shotTheseus: Wait... is your club REALLY made out of bronze? I've heard the stories, but I just can't believe it. Theseus shows disbelief and disinterest.
4Mid shotPeriphetes: What?! How dare you! I am the mightiest! Take a look for yourself and see my great bronze club!

Narrator: He's got him now!
Periphetes gives Theseus the club.
5Cut to full shot; slow zoom in and focus on PeriphetesNarrator: Our mighty adventurer gave Periphetes exactly what he deserved: a knock on the noggin! Next time on the Adventures of Theseus: Sinis the Pine-Bender! Periphetes lies on the ground. Theseus walks away

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