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week of feb 5 - February 5 2008 HUM 111 ARCHAIC GREECE THE...

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February 5, 2008 HUM 111 ARCHAIC GREECE: THE WEST EMERGES Chronology: Dark Ages: 1200-800BC (or 700BC) First Olympics: 776BC (Olympia, honors Zeus) Homeric epics: c. 750BC Archaic Period: 800 (or 700)-500BC Persian Wars: 490-479BC Hellas (Hellenic) Dark Ages: severe decline in population, no writing, no monumental art or architecture Iliad Achilles Odyssey Odysseus arete balance Greek religion (mythology): polytheistic, pantheon Zeus, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Apollo, Poseidon - was the religion of the culture; created gods and goddesses who were not all powerful – they were very human - lived on Mt. Olympus Mystery religions: - Cult of Dionysus (rebirth, theater) - Offered salvation and hope - Spring festivals – Greek theatre was born Homer: - believed he was born in Asia minor - basis of Greek education - all youth would be required to know him - basis of Greek law; precedent for court cases
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