07-10-08 --- LTWL19A Lecture 5

07-10-08 --- LTWL19A Lecture 5 - 07-10-08 Thersites 1....

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07-10-08 Thersites 1. Introduction to the scene a. It is an “unusual” episode b. Thersites: i. not the standard heroic type ii. gets beaten up by Odysseus, but it is in a comic fashion c. this episode shows a scene where the spotlight is on a common soldier d. laoi : means common people; Thersites is part of the laoi 2. a. Thersites’ attack on Agamemnon 1. charges that Agamemnon always gets more whenever a stronghold is taken ii. Comparison with Achilles’ attack 1. Encourages others to GO Home 2. Iliad shows another character that make the same basic charges of that by Achilles 3. Achilles a. makes an attack, Nestor tries to placate him b. but Achilles truly can leave; c. he loses his war-prize 4. Thersites a. Attacks King b. Gets beaten up c. Everyone laughs at him b. Aethiopis c. Iliad’s ranking system i. Best of the Achaeans a. Aristeia : a Period of dominance on the battle field 2. what aristos means : a. Does NOT mean to be the best in everything, just
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