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February 16 Lecture

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Department
Classics
Course
CLA204H1
Professor
D.Sells
Semester
Winter

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CLA204 February 16, 2011 Perseus, Jason, Meleager and Orpheus Lecture 5 Common Themes in Myth 1. Tricks and riddles 2. Transformations 3. Accidental killing 4. Giants, monsters and serpents 5. Eliminating a rival by setting an impossible task 6. Quests completed with divine aid 7. Contests 8. Punishment for impiety 9. Displacement of parents 10. Infanticide 11. Revenge 12. Sons protecting mothers 13. Disputes within the family 14. Deceitful wivesdaughters 15. Incestuous relationships 16. Founding a city 17. Special weapons 18. Prophets, seers, oracles 19. Liaisons between gods and mortals 20. Perils of immortality 21. External soullife tokens 22. Unusual births 23. Imprisonment and release -meden agan (nothing to excess); the golden mean -civilization vs. savagery -ephebeia and rites of passage transfer one period of life through the next; exiled man who suffers test, and is reintegrated as a changed citizen (ephebeia; young man on the verge of adulthood) -many myths revolve around Argolid plain of Greece, where bronze age
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