07-10-19 --- LTWL19A Lecture 8

07-10-19 --- LTWL19A Lecture 8 - 07-10-19 The Iliad and the...

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07-10-19 The Iliad and the Epic of Gilgamesh 1. the sugject of the Iliad a. Martial epic or human drama? i. Though it is named as ‘the battle of Troy,’ it could be argued to be more about Achilles than the war itself ii. Achilles: 1. spends most of the poem angry, first at Agamemnon and then at Patroclus’ killer 2. Prominently, he has a lot of grief ‘Axos’: his name could mean “grief for the people” or “grief of the people” 3. has a lot of longing for fighting 4. feels pity for dying Greeks and eventually the father of Hector; and for his own father, who will ultimately lose his son 5. Overall, very emotional iii. Iliad is the end of an era of martial epic 1. using the description and narration of the weapons, literary historians can approximate how old the Poem is 2. I.e: there is an old war story in here, but the spotlight of Achilles became more important than the war over the war, arising the ethical debates and such instead of just pleasing the audience 3. Achilles asks himself why they are traveling abroad to fight other countries when there is so much to be fixed at home;
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07-10-19 --- LTWL19A Lecture 8 - 07-10-19 The Iliad and the...

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