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The Aftermath of the War of the Seven Against Thebes 03/23/09
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Review: The War of the Seven against Thebes After the revelation of the truth about Oedipus, Eteocles and Polynices agree to reign in alternate years Eteocles hogs the throne Polynices assembles army with Adrastos, and attacks Thebes Eteocles and Polynices kill each other in battle Kreon takes the throne of Thebes
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Rules of War in Ancient Greece Unofficial rules govern conduct during and after battle in wars between Greek city- states Violation of these rules results in loss of prestige/honor Rule #1: Limit use of non-hoplite arms Rule #2: Pursuit limited Rule #3: No killing soldiers AFTER surrender Rule #4: Noncombatants Rule #5: All battle dead have right to burial
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Violations of Rules of War in Myths Most common rule violated in myths about wars – rule concerning burial of war dead Aftermath of the War of the Seven: Kreon either forbids Polynices to be buried OR refuses burial to all enemy dead Homer’s Iliad : Achilles mutilates body of Hector after killing him, and refuses him burial Gilgamesh kills Humbaba AFTER latter surrenders; same for Aeneas and Turnus
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course CC 303 taught by Professor Perlman during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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