Lecture%2010[1] - Death of Hippolytus Epiphany of...

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Death of Hippolytus
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Epiphany of Aphrodite: Hymn to Herself “Great is my power and wide my fame among mortals and also in heaven; I am the Goddess Cypris. All men that look upon the light of the sun, all that dwell between the Euxine Sea and the boundaries of Atlas are under my sway: I bless those that respect my power, and disappoint those who are not humble toward me.”
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Cause of Aphrodite’s Enmity towards Hippolytus “He spurns love and will have nothing to do with sex. He honors Phoebus’ sister Artemis, Zeus’ maiden, and thinks her the greatest of goddesses . He consorts with her continually in the green forests… Of course I don’t grudge them that: why should I? It is his sinful neglect of me for which I shall punish Hippolytus this very day”
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Emotions of the Gods Anthropomorphism = representation of objects/gods as having human traits Aphrodite’s admission of her emotions: “Even the family of gods have this trait: they are pleased when people respect them”
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Euripides’ Bacchae 02/11/09
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Bacchae/Bacchants (premiered 406 BC) Plot Outline Epiphany of Dionysus and his plan Tiresias and Cadmus attempt to persuade Pentheus to worship Dionysus P. has the Bacchants jailed, but they escape. D. himself (in human form) is captured D. offers to take P. to see the orgies, and dresses him up as a woman D. reveals P. to the Bacchants, who tear him apart with their bare hands Return of sanity; exile of Cadmus and his family
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Bacchae: Main Themes Epiphany of a god vs. god in mortal disguise (Almost) nothing is what it seems Vengeful nature of the gods Ruins/dead bodies as monuments
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