Chapter 11 - Myths of Death

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Chapter 11 – Myths of Death The Greek View of Death No natural deaths, happiness must be achieved when they were alive. Breathing distinguished the living from the dead After death…soul lived body died Dead haunt living if not properly buried (laid) In Homer’s Iliad: the ghost of Patroclus shows up in Achilles’ dream because he wasn’t buried Anthesteria – ghosts were invited to this spring festival Hades – “the unseen one”, ruler of the under world o Brother of zeus and poesidon o Too dangerous to call by his own name Pluto – Hades’ roman name, “enricher” because beneath the soil comes mineral and agricultural wealth Erinyes – Furies o Mythical portrayal of the ghosts of slain member of one’s own family o Revengeful o Aim to bring misfortune to humans?? Psycopompos – “soul guide”, Hermes job bringing the dead to Hades Odysseus’ Journey to Death’s Realm Odyssues was instructed by Circe to seek advice from the ghost of Tiresias Sees Elepenor, his mother, Achilles, Ajax, Minos, Titys, tantalus, sisyphus (ghosts) Tiresias – Most famous seer o When he was young, he saw a pair of serpents coupling and killed the female and as a punishment he was turned into a woman o After seven years he again saw a pair of serpents coupiing and this time he killed the
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course CLASSICS 370 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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