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The Lessons of Greek  The Lessons of Greek  Mythology Mythology 05/08/09 05/08/09
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What is the Purpose of Myths? Entertainment Education: 1. Explanation of the nature of the world 2. Provide “history” for a time about which nothing is  known 3. Explanation of societal values   use of myths to  illustrate moral lessons 4. Fulfils human desire for heroes   role-models
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How should mortals treat others around  them? Other men Women Gods Fellow-citizens Enemies Enemy noncombatants Animals Features of landscape (e.g., mountains,  rivers, forests)
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Greek Mythology and Greek  Religion What is the relationship of Greek mythology and  Greek religion? Is it sacrilege to tell myths that make the gods 
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Unformatted text preview: look bad? • Is it heresy to tell alternate versions of the same myth? Us and Them I – The Lessons of Greek Mythology • What do we learn about the Greeks from their myths? • What do we learn about ourselves from Greek myths? (e.g., Freud) • What kinds of issues/questions in our lives do the myths force us to consider? Us and Them II • What Greek myths did you find the most interesting and why? • Is there anything in our society that fulfills the same function(s) in our society as the myths did for the Greeks?...
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