1-29-09 - Dio Chrysostom(gold tongue speech to praise Zeus...

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Dio Chrysostom (gold tongue): speech to praise Zeus and the status at Olympics, statue was subject of speech, first part: theology, knowledge about the god, we know the god in two ways direct, immediate awareness of the gods, indirect means deities from philosophers, Dio chose the indirect way, speaking as Pheidias to depict the characters of Zeus, speaking as though you were someone else were one of the progymnasmata exercise Chryselephantine: Greek of gold and ivory, statue made on outside of gold and ivory, clothing that Zeus wore, 5 B.C., roughly 40 feet high, seated, dominated interior of the temple, one of the seven wonders in the ancient world Greeks distinguish their gods from others by saying that the gods have human form Dio provided knowledge of Homer throughout the speech, the human form best captured the essence of Zeus, human and divine, his Zeus VS. Homer’s Zeus (not a powerful, seated figure but a militaristic figure, standing upright with him arm out), his Zeus was superior to Homers’ in the posture the Zeus Dio depicted was seated symbol of power and authority The facial features in addition to the posture, by the end of the speech Dio persuaded people at the festival that he’d gotten the nature and best
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2009 for the course REL 121g taught by Professor Hock during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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