07-10-10 --- LTWL19A Lecture 6

07-10-10 --- LTWL19A Lecture 6 - Patterns in Battle Scenes...

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07-10-10 Patterns in Battle Scenes in the Iliad 1. Introduction a. Battle Scenes like that of the Iliad were enjoyed by contemporary audiences: i. Battle scenes take up so much more space than anything else ii. Battle scenes gets into great anatomical and biographical detail to each individual fight 2. Military Organization a. A network of ties connect the military b. Hetairos and therapon i. Hetairos : companion or comrade 1. egalitarian relationship 2. everyone has hetairos, they are all companions ii. Therapon : attendant or a follower 1. more hierarchal (the one who attends another is inferior) iii. The role of “flowers” 3. The Course of Battle a. Construction of Scenes i. Starts with a panoramic of scenes ii. In a cinematic fashion: 1. goes back and forth between focusing on one hero’s battle to going back to the entire army.. back and forth b. Formatoin of the troops i. Ajax’s men are a cloud of men behind him ii. Phalanx: c. Initial Clash i. How it happens ii. Open order combat iii. Hand-to-hand combat d.
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