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CLAS 1100X
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Emily Varto

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November 16/11 The Olympian Gods ­ Zeus most prominent god o Most powerful physically and politically  Over gods and men o Most powerful in everything ­ Epithet: a phrase or word that is associated with a name; physically  descriptive ex: Owl eyed Athena  Deals with various deeds ex: Hermes the slayer of Argos ­ Zeus has epithets o “Cloud­bringer” o “Marshaller of clouds”  Another symbol of Zeus is the eagle: political strength mainly  Weather is more a symbol of his physical strength  Scepter is another symbol for Zeus: Human authority ­ Zeus associated with oaths and suppliants o If you broke an oath, punished by Zeus ­ Suppliant is someone who comes begging a favour or protection o “Guest friendship”  Unallowed to harm them if they come as a guest  ▯honor and order ­ Themis: Zeus mates with her (means custom) o Dike (Justice), Eunomia (Harmony)  Justice arises from custom and the power to enforce it ­ Zeus is not seen as the father/creator but more the founding father of order ▯ not  biological o Creator of order; Zeus is not a biological but a founding figure ­ What are the limits to Zeus’ powers? Are there any limits? ­ Is Zeus bound by fate or is he involved with fate, just watching? o Tricky abstract topic ­ Is he bound by a universal fate? ­ Zeus is everything and beyond o Not some god with a little plan and is varied ­ Iliad: Zeus bound by fate ­ Writers and thinkers think Zeus is more of an actor within fate and the world o Many different views ­ Europa and the Bull­ Zeus appears as a bull o She is tempted by the
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