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Lecture 11

CLA204H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Aesacus, Cornucopia, Daedalion

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Regina Hoeschele

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CLA204H1 Lecture 11
Tuesday, March 70, 2012
Pay close attention to the significance of myths for the final exam.
Exam: short answer, passage identification (+significance), essay topic and refer to
OR creative assignment…
Book 8
Various frames already encountered are concluded.
Epic The Calydonian Boar Hunt; Meleager; Meleager’s sisters
Theseus- framed
Theseus still the main hero, connected by going to Crete, part of Boar hunt
and part of story of Achelous
Scylla and Minos
Scylla similar to how Helen looks down at Troy, falls in love with Minos
Minos trying to avenge the death of this son
Similar to Medea who turns her back on her family (for Jason)
Scylla’s monologue
o Father has purple lock, strength of the city represented through hair
(like Samson narrative topos)
Cuts off hair, but Minos is disgusted form of treason that he cannot
embrace. Will capture Megara but rejects Scylla. As Minos sails off, she jumps
off a cliff and transformed into a bird Ciris (keiro: to cut off)
Minos -> Minotaur -> Daedalus -> Theseus -> Ariadne
Minos comes back and finds his wife gave birth to a monster (half-man, half-
Image Theseus and the Minotaur
o Semibovemque virum semivirumque bovem (Ars Amatoria 2.24)
o Contest with friends to write down three lines, they’d like to omit
o Wrote down his three favourite lines, but his friends thought they
were the worse
Minotaur: labyrinth is Crete, where monster is locked up, built by Daedalus.
Daedalus built the wooden cow, so wife could have sex with creature.
o To take revenge of murder of son; asks for tributes 14 boys and girls
sent to Crete every nine years
o Theseus will try to defeat the Minotaur
Hunger Games parallel? Panem et circuses
Story of fight with Minotaur skipped; typical with Ovid already described
by Catallus.
o Summarizes that Ariadne helps Theseus through the labyrinth by her

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o Theseus leaves her on Naxos
o Dionysus comes in and sweeps her off her feet
o Crown is turned into a constellation catasterism
Most well-known stories from antiquity
Daedalus and Icarus
o Builds a pair of wings for his son, Icarus gets too close to the sun and
melts the wax and falls to his death
o Act of hubris went too far
o In Ovid’s tale – unable to see this, because it looks like Icarus doesn’t
know better. Portrayed as a little boy and loving father
o Scene where Icarus plays with feathers; and “last kisses he’ll ever
o Marginalized by Ovid
Sarcastically says, Daedalus no longer a father
Way he is exiled on Crete terrible story
o Nephew Perdes apprentice so talented, that Daedalus pushes him off
the acropolis
o Turns into a partridge that doesn’t fly Icarus’ death as punishment
Calydonian Boar Hunt
Includes all heroes from that day and age
King Oineus, sacrificed to every god except to Diana she sent a wild boar
o Gathers all heroes to hunt leading hero = Theseus
o Fame spreads so much, that people ask for Theseus rather than
Myth told in Book 9 parallel to Achilles stepping out of
o Catalogued of people (common feature in poetry)
o Nestor uses spear to jump on tree to get out of way (undermines
image created in the Iliad)
o First to achieve affect Boar Atalanta, Meleagor secretly in love and
first to see
Meleagor finishes it off
o Wants to give head to Atalanta, but kills his uncles when they
disagree with this
Althaea burning the log
o Upset at son for killing her two brothers
o At his birth, a log was given representing his life
o Burns up the log, but torn between love for brothers and her son
o Female who can’t decided what to do due to her loyalties
o Kills son, then herself. His sisters turned into birds significant
because Greek word connected to Meleagor
Theseus and Achelous
Feast held with Theseus and his men since they can’t pass the river
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