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Department
Classics
Course
CLA160H1
Professor
J.Ramsay
Semester
Winter

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Lecture 1 - Introduction - Course Requirements - Teaching Goals Thursday, Jan. 10/2013 Introduction The main difference between us and our closest cousin the chimp is the tradition of story telling. We will cover how myths arise, the functions they perform for individuals or the societies in which they are recited and what they accomplish. Why did we evolve to make (and enjoy) stories? Homer Considered a producer of myth and his epics are presentations of myth (the Iliad and the Odyssey). They also reflect on the nature of storytelling and myth-making. This is evidenced by the technique of telling stories within stories (Odysseus toAlkinoos). The Birth of Philosophy In the late 7th and 6th century BC and on into Plato Greek philosophers find themselves in conflict with mythological tradition. The goals and methods of the early Greek philosophers, both the Pre-Socratics and Socrates/Plato, were determined by their antagonism toward and interaction with the mythological tradition. Greek myth is central to identity. They wanted to determine what was the truth and what was reality and how the truth compares or contrasts with myth. Often we find at
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