12-3 The Music Never Dies- Orpheus and the Classical Tradition

12-3 The Music Never Dies- Orpheus and the Classical Tradition

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THE MUSIC NEVER DIES: ORPHEUS AND THE HERITAGE OF CLASSICAL MYTH Lecture Outline Classics 170 KEY CHARACTERS, CONCEPTS The Classical Tradition (the preservation and reinterpretation of the Classics in later cultures) Orpheus Eurydice Christian interpretations of Classical Myths Allegory Orpheus as Renaissance Man Orpheus and Opera Feminism and Mythology ASSIGNMENT: CM Chapter 21 ("The Persistence of Myth") pp. 1019-1046; Ovid, Metamorphoses , book 10, pp. 382-386 (". . . he has come to his manhood."); book 11, p. 422- 425 (". . . on his own Eurydice safely.") I. The Death of Orpheus and the Survival of Myth A. The power of myth B. The Death of Orpheus: "He stretched out his hands toward his assailants, but now, for the first time, his words had no effect, and he failed to move them in any way by his voice. Dead to all reverence, they tore him apart and, through those lips to which rocks had listened, which wild beasts had understood, his last breath slipped away and vanished in the wind . . . The poet's limbs were scattered in different places, but the waters of the Hebrus received his head and lyre.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course CLAS 170 taught by Professor Staley during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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12-3 The Music Never Dies- Orpheus and the Classical Tradition

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