CLA232- Lecture Six: Men, Gods and Beats
Euripides’ Cyclops: explores human identities by comparing them to Gods and beast and other entities.
Define as human and understand the concepts of a human being. This theme was seen in Homers,
Odyssey. Cyclops- singular , Cyclopes- plural
Dionysus, Bacchus and Bromius: most important gift was wine; he occupied a part in Greek
religion. All these plays we have read were made for Dionysus.
Satyr Drama: why was this kind of play important? Sophocles The Tracker. Strong connection
with the Greek Tragedy. It had a happing ending a lot like tragedy. Humans dressed up as God
like figures why are there tragedies and Satyr dramas played at the same time after each other?
So people leave in a good mood after the festival? This is supposed to be a religious and civil
festival. Mythological themes connect satyr dramas and tragedies. The action of a drama takes
place outside. The presence of the Satyrs is important in this play. This is a play made to be
seen in stage by an audience, so what did this scene look like? Satyrs: not present in Homer
Odyssey, they were half man and half horse; they had human and beast characteristics. Had an
appetite for food and sex. These immortal beings are important because: they are connected
with the signs of civilization, and the creation of wine, which is one of the main aspects of Greek
culture. They are connected to Dionysus, like the Bacchans.
Euripides: can define Odysseus as a human.