CLA232H1 Study Guide - Lysistrata

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Geography and Topography of Greece
-Wood from bulgaria/macedonia
-What from Egypt
-Tin from Italy
-Where there is economic exchange there is cultural exchange
-Greeks dependent on sea
-Sea-faring
-Source of food
-Source of power
-Athens had largest navy
-Power went to rowers as they were in charge of the boats YET they were slaves :.
Democracy
-only 20-30% is arable
-Stables of diet:
-Grains (barley), olives, grapes
-Living in Greece was hard work for average person and required constant hard labor
-If you work har, pray and are morally upright you can make a decent living and stay
alive
-communication between parts of Greece was difficult
-Had to go up and over the mountains
-nationality thought of first in terms of city-state
-‘I’m a spartan, I’m an athenian, etc
A brief history of early Greece
Mycenaean Period: c. 1600-1200 BCE
-Linear B
-It is greek but with a different alphabet
-Mostly administrative documens
-predated only by Minoan which has undeciphered alphabet (Linear A)
-Very important for greeks for reflective purposes
-Archaeological remains produced massive palaces
-Very hierarchical society
-Lots of tombs of great warrios = :. Prized warfare
-Mystery as to why they went into decline
-Perhaps drought, soil exhaustion, aliens
-Palaces are abandoned, tombs show less wealth, people were malnourished (This
was a wide-spread trend around mediterranean)
Dark Ages: c. 1200-800 BCE
-Poorer tombs
-Malnourished
-Decreased population
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-Smaller settlements
-Average village had about 20 people
-During this period Linear B was lost
-No written communication during this period
-Oral tradition through singers, kept mycenaean culture alive
-Formed basis for lIliad, Odyssey
-Heinrich Schliemann
-Closely read lIliad and mapped by features in poem
-Digs where he thinks it will be and finds a mycenaean palace
Archaic Period: c. 750-500 BCE
-Healthier people living to a better age
-Greek colonization
-Increased wealth
-Rise of a powerful aristocracy
-Reintroduction of writing! (750 BC)
-Syllabary language
-Every symbol represented a syllable
-rise of the polis (plural: poleis)
-City-states
-Communites that were the size of a city but functioned as a state
Classical Period: c. 490-323 BCE
January 12
Reading Questions:
What purpose is Pericles trying to achieve with this speech? (There may be more than one.) Who
is in his audience?
-Generic speech - does not refer to specific examples or hard details about the war as when you
go into detail you reveal mistakes
-Pericles goal was to reveal greek ideals
-Hes not honoring dead as much as he is encouraging the living
What are the ideal qualities of the Athenian citizen, as Pericles describes him? How does he
display those qualities?
-Kalokagathia ‘beauty and goodness nobility (social and moral)
-All athenians become elites, no division between rich and poor
-Defined against others
-Eleutheria - all athenians are free and masters of themselves
-Andreia - bravery, military courage, manliness
-Defining quality of Athenians
-free
-Open
-Unique
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-Loyal
-Rational
-Courageous
-Moderate
-Generous
-Noble
-Democratic
-Athens is described in relation to theother’ (sparta).
-Every athenian is born with all these qualities from the earth - our forefathers expanded the land
and we sprung out of it
-We’re all bole as we sprung from the same noble ground - bringing up all citizens to noble
status
-Eliminates vision of demos as poor slobs and avoiding vision of aristocrats as effete and
excessive - between those two extremes he define athenians as equal
-All athenians are equal because they are equally free
-Contrasts athenian soldiers to spartan soldiers
-Spartans labour to develop courage, athenians have it naturally
-Ironic as the funeral oration is a kind of lesson in bravery
-Athenian bravery due to rationality
-They were not brave out of stupidity but because they know how to live
What (or whom) does this speech ignore or brush to one side?
-Women:
-Neither of the aforementioned qualities
-Women can never be ideal athenian as they cannot enter battle and die on the field for
athens
-your great glory is not to be inferior to your issue
-Greatest glory is not to be talked about whether for good or bad
-Ideal man in greek culture is ‘kleos
-Have immortal girlie
-Be talked about forever
-Contrast for women as the best they can achieve is no reputation at all
What differences did you notice between Athenian society, as Pericles depicts it here, and
modern Canadian society? What similarities do you see?
Terms and Names:
Autochthony: "being born from the earth itself"
- Athenians believed both that they were born from the earth (that they were autochthonous)
and that they were the children of Athena (myth of Athena and Hephaistos; Erichthonios)
-This had implications for the way they viewed themselves and others.
-Hephaestus jizzed on athenas leg
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Where there is economic exchange there is cultural exchange. Power went to rowers as they were in charge of the boats yet they were slaves :. Living in greece was hard work for average person and required constant hard labor. If you work har, pray and are morally upright you can make a decent living and stay alive. Communication between parts of greece was difficult. Had to go up and over the mountains. Nationality thought of first in terms of city-state. I"m a spartan, i"m an athenian, etc". It is greek but with a different alphabet. Predated only by minoan which has undeciphered alphabet (linear a) Very important for greeks for reflective purposes. Lots of tombs of great warrios = :. Mystery as to why they went into decline. Palaces are abandoned, tombs show less wealth, people were malnourished (this was a wide-spread trend around mediterranean) During this period linear b was lost.

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