Humanities Lecture 2.8

Humanities Lecture 2.8 - Humanities Lecture 2.8 Odyssyian...

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Humanities Lecture: 2.8 Odyssyian Ethnography I. Introduction A. Ethnography describes society in terms of that society B. Homer’s Taxonomy 1. Homer focuses on their strangeness and exoticness 2. Homer is not like ethnographers 3. He is not trying to understand them on his own terms 4. When Homer talks about these far away places, he is always relating them to  Ithaca 5. The characteristics of the travelogue is going to provide us with a moral mask  of the characters who are locked in conflict on Ithaca C. Distinctive Features 1. City vs. Homestead a) Are we looking at a society that is close knit or scattered across the  land 2. Agriculturalists vs. Pastoralist 3. Hospitality vs. Violence a) Do the people become hostile or hospital towards their visitors 4. Human vs. Divine a) Gods are intervening 5. Performance of Sacrifice 6. Response to Narrative a) Can the people be won over and be captured by the story? II. Data from the Travelogue A. Phaeacians vs. Cyclopes 1. Dwell in a beautiful and organized city 2. Looks a lot better than other cities 3. Polythemus lives in a cave and there is no centered gathering place 4. At the Phaeacian city, they are agriculturalist 5. Polythemus eats goats 6. The Phaeacians are very hospitable  7. Polythemus seals them in a cave and eats them 8. Phaeacians enjoy a close relationship to the gods 9. Polythemus is a son of Posiden 10. The Phaeacians do not perform a sacrifice, but they do have a temple thus  suggesting there must be sacrifice going on
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Humanities Lecture 2.8 - Humanities Lecture 2.8 Odyssyian...

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