Classics 30 Lecture 1

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Classics 30 Lecture 1 – 04/02/07 What is a myth? o Folklore, handed down from generation , o oral culture, o no key point of origin, fictional, explains unexplainable, o fantasy that reveals something about reality o “Myth belong to the more general class of the traditional tale” Trado o Latin verb– to hand down , origin of word “Traditional” o Myths are universally applicable to everyone even today Muthos/ Mythos o Greek word for myth – “An authoritative speech or exhortation, often before an audience” – Homer o Plato – Muthos (a story) is contrasted with “logos” (reasonable or truthful account) o modern interpretation of myth as an untrue story Archaic Period o 800-480 BC – part of the Greek period o Great flourishing in epic and lyric poetry, the arts, and commerce
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Unformatted text preview: o Period of colonization to southern Italy and Sicily o Introduction of Alphabet in Greece o Stories told in song, oral society o Emergence of Greek Polis (city-state) o 650-500 BC – many city-states ruled by tyrants Tyrant simply means ruler, has no negative meaning yet o Homer, Hesiod, and the author of the Homeric Hymns all composed in the archaic period • Neolithic 6000 – 3000 BC • Bronze Age 3000 – 1100 BC Origin of Homeric Poems • “Dark Age” 1100 – 800 BC Written down Homeric Stores • Archaic Period 800 – 480 BC • Classical Period 480 – 323 BC • Hellenistic Period 323 – 31 BC • Roman Period 31 – 300 AD...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CLASSIC 30 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '04 term at UCLA.

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