2_6_09 - CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/6/09 Reminder: If you...

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CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/6/09 Reminder: If you signed up for the first paper topic, due on 2/11, the topic has been posted in the course documents area of the Blackboard site since 12:01am on 2/4. Journals will come back Monday. They are almost all very good so far. Before returning to Philoctetes, here’s the set-up for our reading for Monday, when we read our first real tragedy by Euripides, Hippolytus . Hippolytus is the son of the Athenian hero Theseus, who had once had a war with Amazons and a love affair with an amazon woman. Phaedra, Theseus’ wife and Hippolytus' stepmother, is of a much more respectable household. (Even though she claims to be cursed she is not). Theseus and Phaedra have moved from Athens to self-imposed exile in Troezen, where Theseus' grandparents have been raising his bastard son Hippolytus, the child of the Amazon. Phaedra conceives a passion for Hippolytus, and bad things happen. Walk through of Philoctetes (cont.) p. 220 and 225 the bow goes over. Philoctetes, trusting in a fellow hero of Homeric nobility, and suffering onstage the most horrible agony that reduces him to helplessness, is betrayed. p. 232 justice and interest. This is often an antinomy. That Neoptolemus sees the two as perfectly aligned is an index of his confusion. p. 234-235 Odysseus' self-justification by reference to the gods strongly reminiscent of the argument of the new education in Aristophanes. p. 244-245 reminiscent of Teucer and Menelaus in the Ajaz. It doesn't matter if you're outnumbered, as long as you're right. Neoptolemus' noble nature comes through, as we want it to. pp248-249 Philoctetes is offered everything he could want, the healing of his foot after ten years and enormous glory. He is offered not only the end of the almost unbearable suffering from his wound, but the opportunity to be the cause of the fall of Troy. His arete will be unparalleled. For
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2009 for the course CLASSICS 222 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '09 term at University of Tennessee.

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