Lecture15 - Classical mythology Lecture 15 Cadmus From Tyre...

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Classical mythology Lecture 15
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Cadmus • From Tyre • Goes looking for sister Europa, abducted by Zeus in form of bull • Taken to Crete: sons Minos, Rhadamanthys, Sarpedon • Name ‘broad of aspect’
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Cadmus • Asks at Delphi • Told to follow a certain cow till it stops from weariness • Then to sacrifice, found a city • Men go to get water from a spring: dragon guard kills many of them • Cadmus kills the dragon, sacred to Ares
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Cadmus • Sows dragon’s teeth • Warriors produced • Fight each other; only five survivors • Marries Harmonia; gods invited • 4 daughters
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Cadmus • Name from ‘Cadmeans’ (= Thebans) • West Semitic for ‘people of the east’ or ‘men of old’
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Antiope • D. of Nycteus, king of Thebes • Zeus loves her; father angry; escapes to Sicyon, marries king • N.’s successor Lycus brings her back in chains • Gives birth to twins on the way
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Antiope • Escapes from cruel wife Dirce • Reunited with sons Amphion and Zethus • Revenge: Dirce tied to a bull
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Farnese bull 1st c. BCE
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Wall-painting from Pompeii
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Niobe • Local interest: married to Theban Amphion • D. of Tantalus, returns to Sipylus in Phrygia
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