10_3_07_Notes - Olivier Sherman Lit Hum Class Notes and Discussion Points Breaking the text down into pieces Who is Herodotus in favor of 1 Dan Greeks

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Olivier Sherman Lit Hum Class Notes and Discussion Points Breaking the text down into pieces Who is Herodotus in favor of? 1. Dan: Greeks vs. non-Greeks, clearly focused on the Greeks, sympathizes with them Hubris: People in power ignore their advisors – and, as a result, their advisors are either punished and/or punished themselves. Were people at this time all that savage? 1. Some later writers criticize Herodotus for portraying the Greeks as a civilized people while the rest of the world is full of savages. Parallel: Group of rebels looking to get a former servant to join them. (e.g. Magi and Perxaspes vs. Harpagus and Cyrus) For Herodotus, does fate still have the prominent role that it had in The Iliad and The Odyssey ? 1. Roles of oracles and the gods in the lives of the characters. Do the characters have their own will or are they simply instruments in a grand predetermined scheme of life?

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