Lecture14 - Classical mythology Lecture 14 Further mythical...

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Classical mythology Lecture 14
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Further mythical sinners ! Salmoneus (ML 366): king pretends to be Zeus ! Imitates thunder with chariot, lightning with torches ! Zeus visits; people wiped out with real thunderbolt ! Salmoneus cast into Tartarus ! Home of Titans in Theogony (pp. 24-5)
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Further mythical sinners ! Sisyphus (ML 354): another son of Aeolus ! Initial crime: informed on Zeus to father of Aegina (abducted by Z.) ! Z. sends Death, but S. ties him up ! Ares sets him free, hands S. over ! S. tells wife not to perform usual funeral rites ! Hades lets him go, to tell her off ! Returns to Corinth, dies an old man ! Punished with rock, so cannot escape again
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With Persephone and Hades, end of 6th c.
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Sisyphus and water-carriers, c. 525: compare later story about Danaids
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Water-carriers; Sloth and donkey, c. 490
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Further mythical sinners ! Tantalus: Phrygian; served son Pelops to the gods ! Demeter in distraction ate shoulder ! Reconstituted with ivory shoulder ! Pindar ( Olympian 1) rejects as invention
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