Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two Myths of Rome and Greece

I was cleaning up yesterday when I found this old school paper of mine. My parents saved everything from my childhood, and I guess they must have sent it to me as they were preparing to move. It sat in a box with some photo albums, rediscovered after I decided to clean the closet.

As it happens, the subject matter fits in with this blog perfectly! An early example of my classical scholarship, the report was possibly written when I was 8 or 9 yrs old. The text absolutely riddled with poor sentence structure, dangling preposition, and general bad grammar. You have to read it—it's hilarious! I like to think the illustrations predict my future job of illustrating Ancient Warfare Magazine. If you are amused as I am, then let me know. I will post Part 2, "Who Was Hercules?" (remember you can click on the images to see them larger.)


Eli Arndt said...

Thanks for sharing that. It's fun to see what steps we took in our lives that still relate to who we are today. You are indeed fortunate to still have such splendid bits of your childhood in your possession.


P.S. I wish my oldest(9) could print as well as you did when you were that age. I just can't seem to impart upon her how important it is to have clear handwriting.

Andrew said...

Well, I say 8 or 9, but I don't know for sure. There's no date. I'll have to post the second part of the report. The abrupt ending in the last line is hilarious.

Eli Arndt said...

Seems consistent with the types of things I remember writing in 4th or 5th grade. I remember being asked to draw a hecatoncheire and getting frustrated because I couldn't fit all 50 head and 100 arms into the picture.