Classics 30 Lecture 4

Classics 30 Lecture 4 - Classics 30 Lecture 4 04/09/07...

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Classics 30 Lecture 4 – 04/09/07 Caldwell’s Freudian reading (89-91) o Giving birth, female nature, birth being the beginning of the world o Mapping the birth of the cosmos to the birth of the child, from world to man o Theogony seems to be a mini story of man o Early childhood Chaos (1 st 6 months, before individuation) separation Gaia (perception of mother as separate) Tartarus (frustration and lack) Eros (desire) Later gods look increasingly more like humans o Moving away from the early, very monstrous descriptions of gods Anthropo morphic Human in shape Near Eastern Myths – 1600 BC Hittite myths, 1200 BC Babylonian myths, 800 BC Greeks o Must have had some kind of interweaving between these cultures Originality of Theogony – see Caldwell pg. 17-22 Hesiod must have put in original elements into his Theogony o Introduction to the muses was most likely completely his own o Has information dating back to the Near Eastern Myths, cannot be all original
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