Humanities Lecture 2.6

Humanities Lecture 2.6 - Humanities Lecture: 2/6 Odysseus's...

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Humanities Lecture: 2/6 Odysseus’s World I. Introduction A. Homeric Society Not Steeply Hierarchized 1. a) Women do not take high standing in the poem b) They take the dowry c) The prestige of their fathers B. The Polis 1. Based on scattered autonomous towns a) Each settlement controls the immediate surrounding farmland and  the rural area around it b) The land is sparsely populated C. Trade 1. There is some trade a) All trade is exchanged by barter b) Slaves and metal are popular trade items c) Luxury items are tradable also d) The towns are autonomous do not depend on trade e) The bare necessities are produced in the town II. A Career in Politics: Od. 14.191-359 A. “Cretan” Lie to Eumaeus 1. Odysseus makes up a lie and tells them he is from Cretan B. Bastard Son 1. Od. 14.253-59 2. In Homer’s world, the father’s reputation would help with obtaining  legitimacy C. The Pirate’s Life for Me 1. Warrior a) Odysseus’s lies that he enjoys being a warrior 2. Arête a) Physically – He has to be physically strong and able to fend off 
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Humanities Lecture 2.6 - Humanities Lecture: 2/6 Odysseus's...

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