CLASS_36_Aenied lecture notes.pdf - 7 Points E.C The Trojan War A New History By Barry Strauss Simon and Schuster NY 2006 Write a Book Report(4 Pages

CLASS_36_Aenied lecture notes.pdf - 7 Points E.C The Trojan...

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7 Points E.C: The Trojan War: A New History By: Barry Strauss. Simon and Schuster NY 2006 Write a Book Report (4 Pages) for 7 Points Extra Credit. Due last week of class ­ Summarize What is In the Book ­ Put Your Point of View about the book and your opinion about the author’s argument ­ Idea of a “reader’s response” ­ Easy to read? understand? solid evidence? ­ What do you think about his arguments? The idea of a hero goes back a very long time. Aeneid Prelude In the Aeneid , we will see a different kind of hero ­­ Aeneas (a Trojan). Mother Aphrodite, Roman Venus. Diomedes stabs him in the Trojan war and Aphrodite saves him. Apollo encourages Aeneas to fight Achilles and just before they start, Aeneas tells him his lineage to show his noble heritage. Aeneas is married to the daughter of King Priam and second greatest warrior after Hector. Aeneas is from Troy, he makes his way to Italy, and they intermingle with the local latins and will become the bloodline of Romans. The roman blood line is Trojans and Latins. Rome founded in 753 bc, by Romulus and his ancestors 7 generations back is Aeneas. Comingling of Greek tradition and Rome. The hero Aeneas is very different, he puts his people first, he wants fame but it is second to his people. Concerned with right and wrong. VERY different than what is seen in Iliad and Odyssey. Finley (1977) Lost: The Trojan War What’s the relationship between the books and the Trojan War? How much of the culture described (customs, weaponry, et.c) fit in the era of Homer’s time, the Dark Age or Between 1200­1100 ? Arguing: Very unlikely that there is a historical Trojan War Finley tried to get rid of the idea that Greeks took Troy. How do we know greeks took it? What evidence says it was them who took the city? The ruins are there, but Finley argues there is no direct evidence that says there was a Trojan war. History can be proven that it occurred through written or archaeological evidence, legends cannot be proven. We know Troy was burned, but we don’t have a source about who. Finley attacks Homer’s description of the city. Homer described it as a massive city, with lots of people, contrary to the architec at the time he was alive. Troy is a smaller city that Finley argues was not worth taking. Yes there is evidence it burned down, but how do we know it was taken over by the greeks. Argued that epics change to make the stories better. Since Troy was so poor, the Greek kingdoms would not wage a war against them. It is likely that the greeks would probably never go to troy. It could have been pirates, with a few greeks, and it snowballed.
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Vergil’s Aeneid: Introduction and Book 1 Homer vs. Vergil / Poetry & Politics / Major Themes / The Storm / Dido and Carthage First Written in Latin, compared to the Iliad and Odyssey written in Greek Vergil is a poet (artificial poetry), but NOT an oral poet like Homer.
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