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    The Heroes The Theban Saga
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    Heroic Motifs in Greek Sagas Extraordinary birth and/or childhood Opposition and challenges Help through a divine or human ally Labors or a quest Journey to and from the Underworld Success rewarded with marriage, political  security, wealth, power Knowledge through suffering and purification,  rebirth, redemption, deification
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    Not all heroes do always act  as such, nor do they live  happily ever after…
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    Witness the excruciating  death of Herakles…
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    The Theban Saga    Historical Thebes  was the leading city  of Boeotia, but  Thebes is also the  quintessential  ‘tragic’ city
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    Cadmus and the Foundation  of Thebes Abduction of Europa by  Zeus Journey of her brother  Cadmus to find her Foundation of the  Cadmeia Slaying of the dragon of  Ares ‘Spartoi’ = sown men Marriage of Cadmus  and Harmonia
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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