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HUMA 1710
Carol Bigwood
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L8: The Olympians; The Nature of Myth
8:52 PM
November 8, 2010
Test Questions:
1) (10 marks) Describe three problematic issues concerning Hera
2) (10 marks) Explain and evaluate four theories of myth that you have learned
Lecture Eight: The Olympians; The Nature of Myth
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Greek religion emerges from Dark Age
A mix of Gods/Goddesses from Bronze Age Minoan/Mycenaean, Near East,
local cults
We learn about them from
-Literature from poets become authority
-Artifacts votive offerings at cult sanctuaries (caves, alters in groves, temples)
-Art: Vase paintings depicting scenes: statues relief sculpture on temples
Greek Myths are malleable, accumulative
Unifying forces
-Homer, Hesiod, Athenian dramatists
-PanHellenic centers such as Delphi and Olympia
-Language (with dialects)
Differences perpetuated
-from earlier writers to later
-By individual authors
-by local cults
-by the masses of illiterate people
Local and private cults with foreign gods are accepted;
Citizens have social obligation to worship state sanctioned gods
Complementary pantheon (all-gods)
Integrated into life
Greek Sacrifice to Gods
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