Lecture9 - Classical Mythology Lecture 9 Cybele and Attis !...

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Classical Mythology Lecture 9
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Cybele and Attis ! Cybele Anatolian mother goddess, known from 5th c. BCE ! androgynous deity (Agdistis = Cybele) castrated, almond tree grows from male parts ! Nana eats fruit, Attis conceived ! Cybele falls in love; A. to be married; A. castrates self in madness ! Zeus grants request that body should never decay ! etiology for eunuch priests (Galli) ! Latin poem of Catullus (1st century BCE)
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Cybele (c. 150 CE): note turreted crown, lion
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Roman coin, 43 BCE
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bust, c. 2nd century CE: note crown
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Aphrodite and Anchises ! source: Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite ! Zeus causes to fall in love ! claims to be mortal, kidnapped by Hermes ! nymphs to bring up Aeneas for five years ! Anchises struck with thunderbolt
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Aphrodite and Anchises ! Aeneas’ descendants aristocratic family in region of Troy; poem for them? ! Iliad 20.288ff.: future power ! Aeneas also associated with foundation of Rome
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Eros ! one of first elements to emerge in Theogony 120-22 ! attends Aphrodite when she emerges (201) ! Ibycus (sixth century): melting looks; net ! later bow and arrows: Euripides Medea 627ff.
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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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Lecture9 - Classical Mythology Lecture 9 Cybele and Attis !...

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