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Lecture 19

CLAS 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Polyphemus


Department
Classical Studies
Course Code
CLAS 2000
Professor
John Walsh
Lecture
19

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THE ODYSSEY
Long-haired Achaeans
Greeks are referred to as Achaeans in the Odyssey
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Troy/Ilion/Ilium
Linguistic evidence of the existence of the city of Troy
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Schliemann/Hisarlik
Uses Odyssey and Illiad as guides
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Found in Hisarlik the remains of ancient city
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The city Schliemann found is said to be burned down in 1200 BC
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Priam
Hector's father is dragged away from temple and is killed by Achilles
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Cassandra
Grabs her by hair and rapes her and is found in hands of Agamemnon and
then murdered by Clytemnestra
Found clinging to statue of Apollo, found by Ajax (the miner)
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Astyanax
Thrown from walls of Troy like other babies
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Hector's son
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Polyxena
Taken by Greek's
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Princess of Troy
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Held over the grave of Achilles and they slit her throat
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Aeneas
Prince of Troy who flees from the war
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Hes son of Aphrodite and Anchises
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He finds the people in which the Roman themselves are descendent
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In media res .. "plot spiral" - lotophagoi
Odysseus is King of Ithaca
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Beginning the story from the middle and then filling it in
"in media res"
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He told them after war his men and him sailed home and were faced with
troubles
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He can outwit his stomach in order to live to a higher purpose
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One of his first stops is amongst the people lotophagoi (the lotus eaters)
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They are seduced and lured by the lotus and they abandon the want to go
home
The lotus is a wonderful plant that releases euphoria
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Has moral strength to deny the lotus
Odysseus must show quality of leadership that he turns back against the lotus
and he lures his men back home
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Lecture 19
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
11:18 AM
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