Study Guide for 2-7 - CC303 Classical Mythology Spring 2008...

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CC303 Classical Mythology Spring 2008 Prof. P. Perlman Study Guide for 2/7/2008 Zeus and Hera I. Introduction This is the first of a series of sessions devoted to the Olympian gods and goddesses (the generation(s) of gods ruled by Zeus and Hera). We shall begin with the leading divine pair and focus on their marriage. II. Study Questions 1. Find Olympia (NOT MT. OLYMPUS) on the first map in Morford and Lenardon. 2. In the section "Religious and Historical Views" Morford and Lenardon suggest that the birth myth of Zeus recounted in Hesiod's Theogony is an expression of the interaction between the Indo European Mycenaean Greeks and the Near Eastern Minoans. This is suggested by the location where Zeus is hidden (a cave on the island of Crete), and by the band of youths (Curetes) who dance around his crib to the accompaniment of finger cymbals and drums to drown the infant's cries lest his father Kronos hear him and discover the trick. The worship of several of the eastern goddesses involves dance and
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