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The Fall of Troy and Its Aftermath
the Iliad ends with funeral of Hektor
city still has to be captured
the Odyssey mentions the Trojan Horse
Achilles killed by Paris, who is also killed
Neoptolemos entering the war (one of the conditions for sack of Troy)
Odysseus and Neoptolemos fatch Philoktetes and his bow (2nd condition)
Philoktetes kills Paris (and Deiphobos marries Helen)
The palladion (image of Athena in troyas long as the image is in Troy, Troy
cannot be defeated) is stolen by Odysseus
Trojan Horse scheme
- odysseus’ plan to trick the Trojans into believing that the greeks left and
went back home and leave a huge Trojan horse to serve as an “offering” to
the Trojans
- the Trojans takes the horse into the city and at night the greeks that were
hidden within the Trojan horse killed everyone in the city
Aeneas is seen as symbolic figure of Rome
Laokoon and his sons
he is a priest and believes that the Trojan horse is a greek trick
he took a spear and tried to put a hole on the horse BUT
since the gods are on the greek’s side, they sent two huge snakes that killed
laokoon and his sons.
His face on the statue is seen as noble, simple, and silent. Tranquility of the
soul. There is no panic. Johann Joachim Winckelmann
The Academy
you can see Laokoon and his sons and on the sides there are painters
painting him and his sons.
Agamemnon tells Odysseus of Clytemnestra’s crime
Aeschylus was killed by a turtle that was dropped on his head by an eagle
The House of Atreus
Thyestes seduced the wife of Atreus
Atreus wanted revenge so he lures Thyestes back, and kills Thyestes’
children and cooks them
- he serves Thyestes children to Thyestes to eat
Thyestes puts a curse on Atreus’ family
Agamemnon brings home Cassandra (his concubine) to his wife.
Cassandra has visions of the curse and what will happen in the future.
Aegisthus (lover of Agamemnon’s wife) is another son of Thyestes
- he is the one who kills Agamemnon
- he wants revenge for his family
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