CLA204H1 Lecture Notes - Stheneboea, Miraculous Births, Bridle

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22 Oct 2012
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Interested in developing a sense of what a legend and what a greek hero is: defining characteristics. Test heroes against the framework we"re developing. Major moment in a legend we"ll be studying. 3 bodies, 3 heads not all attached. Left: creepy knife, bag w head, wings on hat, bird-like ankles, watching strangely: similarly closer to us & more specific than myhs, within human history & geography, cities exploited legends as their own stories. Greeks would have an answer; wouldn"t get the same answer every time or from everyone, but would get an answer. In myths, the principal characters are gods & goddesses: ex. Artemis & actaeon story tells us more about. In legends: principal characters are humans, even tho gods & goddesses often play a role. Legends chiefly: purport to tell about events from human past, are stories about heroes. Hierarchy: olympians, minor gods; demigods; heroes; mortals. Frodo baggins as a [classical] hero (lord of the rings)

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