Lecture17 - Classical mythology Lecture 17 Pelops Pindar...

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Classical mythology Lecture 17
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Pelops ! Pindar, Olympian 1: returns to earth after father’s disgrace ! Prays to Poseidon for help in winning Hippodameia from father Oenomaus ! Poseidon gives golden chariot and winged horses ! Marries H.; 6 sons
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Pelops ! Alternative version: Oenomaus’ charioteer Myrtilus sabotages his chariot at Hippodameia’s request ! Pelops later throws Myrt. into sea; his line cursed
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Pelops and Hippodameia, 450-400
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Atreus and Thyestes ! Sons of Pelops ! Golden lamb in Atreus’ flocks ! Thyestes seduces his wife, gets the lamb ! Sun changes course; throne restored
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Atreus and Thyestes ! Thyestes exiled ! On return, was served his children’s flesh at sacrifice ! Thyestes curses the family ! Aegisthus survives to avenge ! Agamemnon 1191-3, 1219-22, 1583-1611
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Iphigeneia ! Atreus’ sons Agamemnon and Menelaus ! Trojan Paris had abducted Menelaus’ wife Helen ! Expedition mounted to get her back ! Ships gather at Aulis
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Iphigeneia ! Prophet Calchas interprets omen (109-
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