Lecture25 - Classical Mythology Lecture 25 475-25 Heracles...

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Classical Mythology Lecture 25
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475-25 Heracles fighting Achelous for Deianira
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Minos • Son of Zeus and Europa, king of Crete • Desiring kingship, asks Poseidon to send a bull from the sea as proof of favor; promises to sacrifice it • Substitutes another, angering Pos. – Makes bull wild – Makes M.’s wife Pasiphae fall in love with it
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Daedalus • Athenian craftsman, in exile on Crete – Had murdered nephew in jealous rage over invention of saw • Builds wooden cow on wheels for Pasiphae • Bull mates with her • Minotaur offspring: bull’s head, man’s body • D. builds Labyrinth (maze) to house it
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Androgeos • Son of Minos, victorious in Panathenaic games • Jealous competitors murder him • Minos wages war in revenge • Asks Zeus to inflict drought on Athens • Athenians on advice of oracle offer Minos compensation for son’s death • Minos demands 7 young men and 7 maidens for Minotaur every 9 years
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Theseus’ mission • Theseus volunteers to be included in third group of 14 victims (rest chosen by lot) • On the way over, argument with Minos: each proves his paternity
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Theseus and Triton, Athena, Amphitrite (c. 500)
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