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In teaching Western Civ, I try to come up with creative assignments for my students, partly so as to deter plagiarism and partly to make the assignment more interesting (both for the students to write and for me to read!). The students' first assignment has them gathering together representatives from ancient Babylonia, Egypt, Classical Athens, and Hellenistic Pergamum, a la "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", so that they can indicate to me that they've synthesized all the information about each of those cultures, and hopefully, analyzed their similarities and differences. I always expect that some of the more enterprising students will create somewhat fleshed out characters, with names, but I admit that this crop has provided some of the best anachronistic names ever.

For the Babylonian (which takes the cake): Gustav (and his wife, Cynthia); Dwayne

For the Egyptian: Jethro; Mike

For the Athenian: Roberto; Max

For the Hellenistic man: Mickey; Bruce

(One student used the names of the four to give her credit for creativity!)

'Course, all this is doing is reminding me of a fourth-grade classmate who, during our discussion of Mesoamerican civilizations, raised a question using a hypothetical scenario involving "Bobby the Aztec".

Date: 2008-10-09 02:09 am (UTC)
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Hee! I once saw a romance novel that had an Amanda the Viking.

Date: 2008-10-09 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I like "Dwayne the Babylonian" the best. Somehow "cruel master" and "Dwayne" just don't go together in my mind.

Date: 2008-10-09 03:25 am (UTC)
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Well, Jethro's not so bad, seeing as how in the Bible Jethro is Moses's father-in-law.

Dwayne is my favorite, too.

Date: 2008-10-09 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Well, he was Midianite, not Egyptian ;-) but still, yeah, Jethro is close enough to make me wonder if it was an informed choice rather than a Beverly Hillbillies-inspired one, for a change.


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