Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology - Wednesday October 3, 2007 Earliest...

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Wednesday October 3, 2007 Earliest account of Hades is in Book 11 of the Odyssey. In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus must conquer death. -- When a hero goes to the underworld, it is called a nekuia. Underworld ruled by Hades-Pluto-Aita. In other stories he is also referred to as Aidoneus or Orcus. -- He is seen as grim lord of the dead, frightening. Can be beneficial. Precious stones and precious minerals are deep in the earth, so he is sometimes associated with wealth. -- Can also have a fertility connotation. Persephone-Proserpine-Phersipnai. Hades takes her as a wife to underworld. -- The two are seen together in art, usually enthroned. Odysseus -- Goes to underworld to seek knowledge. Wants to consult dead prophet Teiresias. -- Odysseus digs a large pit and gives offerings of milk, honey, wine and water as well as animals, like the sheep. Sets aside a black sheep for the prophet Teiresias. -- Lets souls that he wants to talk to drink from blood.
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Magill during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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