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McGill University
CLAS 203
Margaret Palczynski

CLAS203 Lecture 5 Notes Roman Myth:  250-184 B.C. – Plautus (comedy) Amphitryon  70-19 B.C. – Virgil (epic) Aeneid  43 B.C.-17 A.D. – Ovid (epic) Metamorphoses  59 B.C.-17 A.D. – Livy Ab Urbe Condita Conclusion:  Myth: continues to change as long as it is transmitted orally  Written versions: adapted to concerns and conditions of the day  Difficult to separate myth from the work of literature in which it is embedded Near Eastern Myth:  Sumerian myth (4000 -2000 B.C.) o Mesopotamia o Great culture: irrigation agriculture, cities, cuneiform writing (first true writing) o Earliest recorded myths o Polytheistic: An, Innana, Enlil, Enki, Ki, Ereshkigal  Semitic myth o Akkadians (Sargon the Great – c. 2340 B.C.) o Take over Sumerian culture; refashion myths o Babylonians (c. 1750 B.C.): Hammurabi o Hebrews (c. 2000 B.C.)  Hittites: IE (1600-1200 B.C.) o Controlled central Anatolia o Inherited cultural traditions of Sumerians Conclusion:  Many Greek myths show the influence of Near Eastern myths  How, when, where did Greek-Near East interaction take place difficult to determine with any precision Notes:  Cosmogony: the coming into being of the universe (Greek kosmos: ‘order’)  Theogony: the coming into being of the gods (Greek theos: ‘god’) o Early stages of creation: cosmogony = theogony o Principal physical components of universe personified as gods and goddesses  The Universe: the Near Eastern model  Greek view of the Universe: o Top: Olympus, Uranus, Helius, Selene o Middle: Gaea, Ocenus, Atlas o Below: Hades, Tartarus  Cosmogony – First Generation Gods: o Chaos: ‘Void’, chasm  The first to appear  Capable of asexual reproduction o Gaea (Gaia, Ge): ‘Earth’  Personification of the earth
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