Classics 30 Lecture 12

Classics 30 Lecture 12 - Classics 30 Lecture 12 04/30/07...

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Classics 30 Lecture 12 – 04/30/07 Death of Agamemnon o Odyssey o Aeschylus’ Agamemnon Books 1-4 o “Telemachy” in Ithica Books 5-12 o Odysseus’ journey home – Fantastic Geography Books 13- 24 o Odysseus plotting to kill suitors in Ithica Books 5-12 most famous because it tells the action of myths What is the relationship of myth to history? o Attempt to locate events from Homer in actual historical setting of Late Bronze Age o Great tradition of people going out and trying to prove a mythical setting for these myths o 13 th and 12 th centuries BC Late Bronze Age or Mycenaean Period o Tracing Odysseus’ route People are trying to pin down every detail in Homer’s epics o Locating Telemachus’ bath o Excavating and traveling with Homer’s text as a guide Heinrich Schliemann o Rich amateur archaeologist, late 19 th century o Self-taught himself 13 languages and wanted to find Troy since he was 8 o Schliemann finds probably site of Troy Historical fact in the myth of the Trojan War o Hissarlik in modern day Turkey o Suspected of “planting” finds o Jumped to “romantic” conclusions from Homer’s text
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