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Poseidon 11/10/2007 10:04:00 Poseidon Poseidon Rationalization vs. Allegory Rationalization vs. Allegory Greek myths are narratives that account for the origins of a city, a geographical feature,  or even the whole world, as we saw in Unit 1.  But many thinkers, philosophers and historians in  particular, object to the unrealistic or immoral aspects of those narratives.   This lecture examines the attempt rationalize myth as a poetic description of nature or to  explain it as a moral allegory (something that imparts a moral lesson if you know how to  interpret it). Outline  Poseidon Lotus Eaters and Sirens Cyclops Three Scyllas (1=monster, 2=girl in love, 3=girl not in love) POSEIDON “Earth-shaker”: an epithet (nickname) that emphasizes his destructive power “Savior of ships”: he is called this in the Homeric Hymn, emphasizing his ability to save  people by calming seas  “Tamer of horses”: he is often associated in vase paintings with horses:  My rationalized explanation: perhaps surging waves look like charging horses (or  perhaps riding a ship is like riding a horse Euhemerized account of the connection with horses Poseidon was the original “Inventor of horsemanship”  Like Ouranos as astronomer-king
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Poseidon and Allegory Heraclitus (1 st  c. AD) defends Homeric stories of the gods against criticism by Plato and 
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