Classics 30 Lecture 15

Classics 30 Lecture 15 - Classics 30 Lecture 15 Simpson's...

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Classics 30 Lecture 15 – 05/07/07 Simpson’s Video (~6 min) Picture of Odysseus blinding the Polyphemus o Odysseus chose to be in the front o Olive stake Raw vs. Cooked o Claude Levi-Strauss – anthropologist o Myth reflects structure of how societies are organized Binary structures o That structure is a system of opposites o Opposition of raw (nature) and cooked (culture) People’s eating habits is a marker of one’s culture o Odysseus: “are these people bread eaters?” People are defined by their diet o Gods eat “raw” ambrosia Calypso offers Odysseus ambrosia over his bread Raw vs. Cooked in Odyssey o Difference between men and gods/beasts is that men “cook” their food o Fire (Prometheus) Transition from Golden Age to Iron Age o “eaters of bread” o Agriculture o “cooked” represents work and toil o The other (nonhuman) in books 9-12 eat food raw – signals lack of culture (immortals, beasts, savagery) o Myth and fantastic associated with raw (golden age)
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