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Lecture 8

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Department
Classics
Course
CLA232H1
Professor
Regina Hoeschele
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 8  Greek – used the barbarians as the other to compare others.  Allegory  Between Greeks and Persians (Historic)  Persians – different ideas of what is important in life  Different definitions of barbarians  Yet not too different  Cultural Conflict   Ethonography – study of different groups of people  In histories  BK 1-4, BK 5-9 – military farts  Yet the two are inseparable  Reveals culture  Subtle alternately  BkGD  Archaic pd. – a lot of trading between Greek and Persians  Aristocratic Greeks – looked at Persians for an emulations  P- monochal car  Borrowed their cultural institutions, artistry  After Persian war idea of the anti-Greek  That too much wealth effeminatemake them weak  Eurymedon Vane- cultural propaganda  Depicts the message of Greeks as the powerful, dominant  Persianspassive, a defeated man  Herodotus less aggressive, more historical  Possibly because of his birthday  450 BD (490 – 80 BC was the Persian wars)  Born in Halicarnassus (Asia Minor)  A.M. – conquered by Cyrus (Greek colony)  They were culturally Greek but under Persian monarchy  Persian War Greek people  asked for the Greeks to interfere  Careau  a different group  his father was one  H Part Greek but ‘Asian’  a unique viewpoint  Scholars believe H. travelled to where he describes.  ‘eye within account’ (yet Greek eyes-somewhat bias)  Autopsy – seeing with your own eyes  He reflected on it  History historie = seeing  Yet Bias  always from the Greek standard  In Egypt  They have reversed the ‘normal’ human behaviour  I.e. the normal was Greek  Yet most of the names of the gods/goddesses and ( ) are from Egypt origin  Possibly somewhat gullible i.e. flying snakes  His straight and weakness  Tells us all he has heard – both the farts and fiction  Not judgemental – no negative spin on the observatives?  Tries to reason the occurrences by the others  moto  ‘custom is king in every culture’  Book 3, section 38  Customs rule our lives  He tries to get multiple versions/perceptive of the narratives of the histories he is writing  Doesn’t simply go with the Greek version  No external references to the histories.  H  known as the father of history and father of lies as well.  Tries to see the Greeks from the barbarian eyes  Cyrus  oracle moment  Sends messengers to see the strongest amongst the Greeks i.e., Athenians, Spartans so on  Sees- bizarre and unbelievable things within the b.ey
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