Lecture5 - Classical Mythology Lecture 5 The Muses derived...

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Classical Mythology Lecture 5
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The Muses ! derived from root men , ! think (of), call to mind " ! function to help poet by ! putting him in mind " of his material ! Iliad 2.484-93: exact knowledge/ uncertain tradition ! mother Mnemosyne ! memory " has similar function
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The Muses ! Hymn to Muses at start of Theogony ! Nonuplets: largest multiple birth in Greek myth ! function as choir ! individual functions later development ! Hesiod " s poetic initiation
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The Muses ! Thamyris ( Iliad 2.594-600)
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vase c. 430: Thamyris’ mother, Thamyris, Muse
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mosaic, 3rd/4th century: individual identities
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Mantegna, Parnassus (1497)
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! in charge of individuals " fates, no universal Destiny ! Greek Moira ! share, portion " ! Klotho ! Spinner " , Lachesis ! Apportioner " , Atropos ! Inflexible " ( Theogony 904-6) ! parentage: daughters of Night ( Th .217-19) or of Zeus and Themis (904-6) ! spinning: e.g. Iliad 24.209-10, Odyssey 7.197f. !
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