2_11_09 - CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR Repeat announcement Our...

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CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/11/09 Repeat announcement: Our second test will be on Monday, 2/16. The format will be exactly the same as last year’s second test, which is available in a folder in the Course Documents area of the Blackboard site. Please test yourself as you will be tested. More on the back story to Hippolytus : Minotaur was contained in a maze, the labyrinth, constructed by Daedalus. Theseus came to Crete originally as tribute from Athens (7 males and 7 females) to be sacrificed to Minotaur within the labyrinth, but Ariadne fell in love with him and gave him a weapon to kill the Minotaur and a ball of twine to play out behind him so that he could retrace his steps through the maze and escape. They ran away together but he left her behind on the island of Naxos. -he was known for being forgetful. Ariadne was not completely abandoned. The god Dionysos took pity on her, and married her. Note: Aegeus was Theseus’ father. When he sent Theseus to Crete to confront the Minotaur, had charged him to hoist a white sail if he was sailing home safely. Theseus forgot. Aegeus saw the ship returning and thought it would announce his son's death. So he threw himself in the sea, which is named Aegean after him. Next, a dynastic marriage between Theseus and Phaedra Theseus spent a year in self-imposed exile in Troezen for killing the Pallantids. Troezen in Euripides' time had a hero cult of Hippolytus, so in that sense Euripides’ story is etiological. There is also a temple of Aphrodite Hippolytus in Athens that connects with the myth Euripides is using here. Note etiology is the study of causes. An etiology can also mean a cause. An etiological myth is one that explains a cause of some ritual behavior. Euripides won first prize with Hippolytus in 428. He had produced another Hippolytus earlier that had not been well received. In it, Phaedra approaches Hippolytus directly. In the winner, that is left much more ambiguous, and Phaedra is in her way quite noble. In this play, some principal issues are
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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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