Lecture23 - Classical Mythology Lecture 23 Heracles...

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Classical Mythology Lecture 23
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Heracles • Greatest hero of the Greeks • Meaning of name in doubt (-cles = ‘glory’) • Mother Alcmene and mortal ‘father’ Amphitryon grandchildren of Perseus
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Heracles: parentage • Alcmene sends Amphitryon to fight the Teleboans, avenge her brothers • Zeus visits her disguised as Amph. • Amph. himself returns, now permitted to have sex with her • Twins result, Heracles and Iphicles
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Heracles and Eurystheus • Zeus’ rash oath ( Il . 19.95-125) – Hera contrives that Heracles’ cousin Eurystheus will rule
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Heracles and the serpents • Hera sends two snakes against the newborn twins • Heracles strangles them (Pindar, Nemean 1) • Tiresias foretells his glory
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Education • Trained in music by Linos • Resenting punishment, Heracles kills him c. 480
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Marriage (1) • Megara, d. of Creon • Hera sends H. mad • He kills their children, sometimes Megara also • On advice of Delphi, goes off to serve Eurystheus
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12 Labors • Two groups of six: • First six in northern Peloponnese • Last six in far- off places
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1. The Nemean Lion
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MYTHOLOGY 303 taught by Professor Sheldimier during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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