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March 6 , 2012 Lecture 8: The fall of Troy and its Aftermath The Fall of Troy Achilles is killed by Paris (with the help of Apollo, Paris will also be killed) Neoptolemos (Pyrrhus), the son of Achilles and Deidamia, is summoned from Skyros (one of three conditions for the sack of Troy) Odysseus and Neoptolemos (or Diomedes) sail to Lemnos to fetch Philoktetes and his bow (second condition) Philoktetes kills Paris (his brother Deiphobos marries Helen) Odysseus steals the Palladion (third condition) Greeks secretly enter the city with the help of the Trojan Horse Troy is captured, many of the men are killed, the women are enslaved Hectors son Astyanax is thrown from the city walls Menelaos kills Deiphobos, but spares Helen when she exposes her breast in supplication Aeneas escapes from Troy carrying his father on his shoulders (cf. Aeneid) The Iliad ends with the burial of Hektor; Troy is still not defeated, Achilles is still alive and the city still has to be captured [the Iliad only covers a brief period of the war]. In the Odyssey is where they make the reference to the Trojan War. Paris kills Achilles. There are 3 conditions that have to be fulfilled before the Greeks conquer the city: o After Achilles death Neoptolemos, his son from Deidamia is called from Skyros [Deidamia was the princess that Achilles had an affair with] come joins the war o Have to get Philoktetes and his bow. Not part of the war because he was bitten by a snake, and the poison had such a bitter smell that they just left him there. He is fetched by Diomedes and Odysseus will kill Paris with his bow once Paris is dead, Helen is to marry Deiphobos (Paris brother) o The Palladion is the cult image of Pallas Athena, and as long as its in Troy, they can't defeat the city of Troy. Odysseus steals that from Troy. o Learned these conditions from Hellenus. Odysseus came up with the idea of the wooden horse and they pretend to give up. Horse full of soldiers, is taken in and at night the gate is opened and they take over the city. Astyanax (potential threat), Hektors son, is thrown from the walls of Troy. Aeneas escapes from Troy, where he carries his father Anchises out of the burning city of Troy a significance that is given to Aeneas is relevant for the Romans more than for the Greeks. Meneloas kills Deiphobos, and is about to kill Helen but she exposes her breasts and cries for forgiveness and he agrees to forgive her. Laokoon and his sons: Laokoon (priest) is very suspicious of the horses. He tells the Trojans not to be stupid. So he takes his spear and tries to cut a hole in it the horse. But since the gods wanted the Greeks to win, they send huge snakes to kill Laokoon and his son and they succeed. The expression on Laokoons face: suffering combined with the tranquility of the soul a lot of emotion but not panic. In antiquity, something relaxed and surreal *Winklemens interpretation]. edle einfalt und stille grobe, noble simplicity and silent magnitude. Monkman: Laokoon is being strangled and people are busy painting his face a tradition that combines that symbol of traditional culture, called The Academy. What happens to the Greek heroes? Greater Ajax (cousin of Achilles): struggles with Odysseus. To whom the armour of Achilles goes to. Odysseus is good at talking and Greater Ajax is just a good fighter. Odysseus gets the armour. Greater Ajax gets made and decides to kill the Greeks, but ends up killing sheep (whom he believe are Greek) and is ashamed when madness leaves him. And then he kills himself. Lesser Ajax rapes Cassandra (taken in by Agamemnon) in Athenas temple, and she sends down a storm but he doesnt die. Then Lesser Ajax is showing off and is killed by Poseidon on the Capherian rocks. Meneloas caught in a storm and ended up in Egypt. There he meets a mystic and eventually gets to Sparta and lives with Helen happily ever after. Nostos - home coming of Greek gods. Odysseus: wanders for about 10 years; stranded on Klypso and made love to a beautiful goddess but then left and eventually returns to Ithaca and kills his wifes suitors and lives happily ever after. o Poseidon very angry, Odysseus blinds his son, Polyphemus. Thats why Odysseus takes so long to get him. Agamemnon: killed by his wife who takes on a lover. Agamemnon and Odysseus have mirrored stories. (structures are opposites) Aegisthus (Clytemnestras lover) was killed by Orestes (Agamemnons son) o Odysseus and Agamemnons fates are opposed by the mirror images. This story is invoked several times o Agamemnon comes to Odysseus and tells him what happened with him. Warns him to come undercover and check out the whole situation before exposing himself 3 tragedies followed by 1 satyr play Orestei was performed with Proteas; reasonable to assume its about Meneloas and Proteas (the sea deity on Egypt) Sicily was Greek speaking at the time. All together we have 7 plays. How did Aeschylus die? A big eagle was flying around with a turtle that was thrown on a rock, but in this case, the bird though the bald head of Aeschylus was a rock. He was wrong. Atreus kills the children of Thyestes [his brother] and feeds them to Thyestes. At that time Thyestes puts a curse on the house of Atreus. o Cassandra has the gift of prophecy; she was Apollos lover, but she didnt yield to him. So he cursed her. She can see the past and the future. But nobody will believe her even if she is saying the truth. o Thyestes rapes his own daughter and has Aegisthus as his son, who is also Clytemnestras lover. This is Aegisthus vendetta against Atreus for killing his brothers. o Agamemnon and Clytemnestra (Aegisthus is her lover) had 3 children. Elektra, Orestes (second play in the trilogy) and Iphigenia When the Greeks were setting out to Trojan, they were gathered in Aulis. Artemis was mad at them and would not let them set sail. In order to start moving and set out against Troy, Agamemnon has to sacrifice his own daughter (Iphigenia). Agamemnon agrees and sacrifices her, and whilst dying she curses the house of Atreus. Murder of kindred is a motif, in this myth. Artemis supposedly saves her in other myths and substitutes her with a hind. (look at picture on slide). Iphigenia becomes a priest and kills strangers as they come. She yearns to go back home from Tauris. (first play) Agamemnon: The play starts with a curios scene; foreshadowing of later telegraphic techniques; Clytemnestra has set up a system of transporting the message of the fall of Troy to Argos. Clytemnestra has set up the beacon of light signal. They are triumphant and happy. Then we encounter a chorus [of Argive elders] and they lament the Trojan War; so many people killed for 1 woman. (Agamemnon 60-68) Clytemnestra enters the scene and has heard the outcome of the war. The chorus is doubtful because they dont have any proof and the light/fire signal isnt good enough. This news is brought upon by the Herald who tells them of the fall of the Trojan War. o Typical device of tragedy is to use messengers as catalyst o Clytemnestra acts hypocritical. Then Agamemnon enters on a chariot together with Cassandra. Now follows the carpet scene. (look at slide for the lines) He meets his wife and she acts super happy. And she says as you enter the house, please step on the purple carpet. Agamemnon doesnt want to do that because thats something that befits a god; not something a mortal man should do, he doesnt want to be so full of pride. Clytemnestra convinces him. The verbal battle fought between Agamemnon and Clytemnestra is foreshadowing Agamemnons death and her victory. Purple is associated with the color of blood and it being a tapestry [web] as he is entering the web woven by her.
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