CONTENT: As noted, this is to be primarily a journal of your reactions to each chapter of the iliad. that is, I want you to journal what you are thinking and feeling as you read the Iliad. (This is why it will not be possible to produce a satisfactory journal if you begin it a day or even a week before it is due. Such things need to be written down while they are still fresh.) You may mention whenever appropriate, but need not exhaustively catalogue, the major events and characters you encounter in the story; thus it should not be principally a summary of the plot or a list of the characters. Instead, please focus principally on your own thoughts and feelings about the Iliad, and write those down.
• LENGTH: I generally do not like to stipulate a number of pages for written assignments, because this tends to focus the student's attention on quantity rather than quality. Rather, in this case, you should be concentrating on getting your most important ideas down on paper. That said, you should bear in mind that the Iliad is 24 books (i.e. scrolls) in length. A journal on a poem that size should have some substance to it, don't you think? But bear in mind that this kind of journal is not intended to be a finished, publishable essay. In general, you should proceed on the principle that 'more is more.' Of course you should not pad your document with unnecessary writing, but you should use the journal as a space in which to explore your own ideas. •