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Gods and Humans: Origins of Rules and Types of Interactions II 02/06/09
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Main Questions What kinds of interactions can exist between gods and mortals? What types of rules govern these interactions? How did these rules come into being? Is it a good thing for a mortal to become involved with a god/goddess?
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Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite List at the end of Hesiod’s Theogony involvement of gods and mortals is common Aphrodite causes these relationships, but shuns them herself Zeus’s trick: makes Aphrodite fall in love with a mortal when gods wish to teach other gods a lesson, mortals are caught in the middle Powerplay on Zeus’ part: shows he is superior to Aphrodite
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Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite: Plot Aphrodite dresses up Goes to Troy in the guise of a virgin Anchises assumes she is a goddess, and offers to build her an altar She says she is a mortal princess, whom Hermes brought to Anchises Anchises undresses Aphrodite Aphrodite dresses up again; epiphany Anchises is scared Aphrodite tells the past and the future
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Hymn to Aphrodite: Plot II The future: Aeneas/Aineias The past: Trojan royal family has provided many lovers for the gods Kidnapping of Ganymede by Zeus Kidnapping of Tithonus by Dawn Aphrodite cannot be married to Anchises, b/c he will grow old for gods, old age = disgrace Warning: Anch. cannot tell anyone
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Who is the poet’s source of info? If Anchises cannot tell anyone, how
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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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