What is cultural diffusion and how is Beowulf a great example of it?

“The Apology” (of Socrates) by Plato

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After reading one of the above selections complete the following:

  • One Page Typed Paper (minimum length)
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  • Font Size no larger than 12
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  • Do not write a summary
  • Include: Identifications, Analysis & Reaction

Write a 3 paragraph, one page paper. Please use the following format.

Paragraph #1: Identifications

Using specific terms, people, places from history (the powerpoints and/or textbook) connect the reading to specific historical developments. This paragraph must have 5-7 specific terms in complete sentence and paragraph format. Do not write a summary.

Paragraph #2: Analysis

Analyze the reading for its importance and value. All of these readings are very old, so why do we still bother reading them today? What is their value to us? Why are they important? Analyze the reading in paragraph format.

Paragraph #3: Reaction

There are the suggested Analyses that you can follow up:

Trial of Socrates – Socrates is the foundation of all Western Philosophy and the first of the great thinkers, his life and teachings greatly influence The West – how does his trial & execution show the importance of Freedom of Speech and Religion?

The Aeneid– What is the Greco-Roman Heritage and how is the Aeneid an example of this tradition? Include examples of Greco-Roman influence on our society. How does the Aeneid connect with and tie into other mythology we have already discussed/learned about in class?

Beowulf – Beowulf is a Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon version of the classic Hero’s Journey epic myth, what connections or similarities can you find between the Beowulf story and The Epic of Gilgamesh or The Odyssey? What is cultural diffusion and how is Beowulf a great example of it?

Identification Terms:







Aegean Sea

Council of 500




Mt Olympus


Trojan War


Caesar Augustus


Roman Empire








Olde English




Middle Ages


Hero’s Journey


And the suggested analyses is for paragraph two that my professor suggested the ideas and term that you can follow

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