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Supplements for Teachers: To Ride The Gods' Own Stallion
Ancient Assyria (640 B.C.), Nineveh, Mesopotamian culture, cuneiform writing, "Gilgamesh"
Soulai is a somewhat unlikable character at the novel's start. How did you respond to him? If he were your friend, what would you say to him?
Life can sometimes be terribly unfair. Describe an instance when life was unfair to you.
Pretend you are Soulai; write a letter to your father telling him your feelings about being sold into slavery.
Soulai's father believes that "a man measures his worth in his scars." What does that mean?
Although he can mold life-like creatures out of clay, Soulai himself is rather undirected and shapeless for much of the book. What crises in this story force him to evolve?
Have you ever experienced a "life-changing event"? How did it affect you?
Take a look at some of the laws in Hammurabi's Code (one of the earliest codes of law). Are any of them still used today? Which ones are definitely not used?
Make a clay tablet (use an oven-hardening clay from a craft store)
Write your name or a message in cuneiform (see the following website)
Sculpt a bas-relief from craft clay
Draw a picture of an ornamented horse and chariot
Rich and Poor In Mesopotamia: Iraq in Ancient Times (Richard Dargie) This book contains some really good information on how the ancient peoples lived.