We are having to back way up & start TOG in summer, and I am finding it very difficult to pursue the Mesopotamian literature. I can just see my 9th grader staring at me wondering why she has to learn all this about Mesopotamian literary style. Is there something in the literature study of "From Distant Days" that she will need to have learned in order to make sense of later literature? I am wondering if I can just have her read Gilgamesh & skip From Distant Days.
Long term wise you can probably skip From Distant Days, but since it sounds like you already have the book why not give it to her to see how she does with it?
Oddly, four years ago, when I did "Mommy readings," I found From Distant Days an intriguing book. Part of the intrigue were the pieces that struck me as being so different, so odd. It made me begin to connect to a time and people long gone OR at least be aware that everything isn't like NOW.
That appealed to me also, and I think if we had time, it would appeal to my dd eventually; but the problem is there just isn't time. I am in the position of asking her to spend her summer vacation doing school, and I would rather not. I mean, I would rather she skip this material and play if it's not something that later lessons will depend on her having learned. I would prioritize the Bible reading and Gilgamesh, and skip the whole analysis of obscure poetry. I really don't have time to do the study myself to see if it is really valuable.