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Lecture 11

CLAA06H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Lavinium, Aeneid, Odysseus

Classical Studies
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Ciocani Vichi

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CLAA06: Lecture 11 (27-03-13)
Final exam: 3 essay questions (she will pick 1)
Usually people who return home are usually married and young (people who don’t
return home have broken marriages)= men go succeed in returning home have
successful marriages (but most men return home and find their wives cheating)
1. Odysseus: he’s very clear just like his wife (he knows how to escape from dangers),
he describes the best marriage as spouses’ minds matching, his wife’s name is
When he was away, many people tried to marry her (108 suitors and she had
no idea about Odysseus but she had hope that he would return) but she told
them she would marry someone once she finished her tapestry but every
night she would destroy whatever she made so she didn’t have to marry
He can change shapes (the one with many shapes) and impersonate people
He was away from his homeland for 20 yrs (10 yrs was war)
The route of Odysseus: it’s usually a linear pathway (however, some of them
are not linear)
Odysseus meets Nausicaa: (once the girls see him, they are scared and they
flee, all except Nausicaa who has courage), he convinces her that he is safe, he
is portrayed holding branches (he represents people who ask help when it’s
Sirens: female birds, depicted with female heads and body of birds (they live
on the cliffs next to the sea and they sing (music/poetry) very beautifully, all
travellers stop to listen to the birds forever (they are eaten by them),
Odysseus knows all of this from Athena, so he tells someone to tie him up
and put something in his ears so he can’t hear the music and he manages to
pass through, sirens get so angry that they fall into the ocean and kill
Scylla (six headed monster):
He returns to Ithava: he comes on a ship with many treasures, ship returns
back (Poseidon is angry and turns the ship into a rock)
Odysseus disguises himself as a beggar, Penelope doesn’t recognize her, she
gives a contest for her suitors but no one wins, with the help of his son,
Odysseus kills all the suitors (she says that oh so you’re Odysseus, you can
sleep in the guest bed room, she gets enraged because he built the bed on
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