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01-26-2010, Tuesday - Classic Mythology Zeus and Hera...

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Classic Mythology Zeus and Hera (conclusion) Thursday, January 26, 2010 Male Deities Zeus the lord of the Sky o Animals = bull and eagle o Guardian of justice (dike) o Protector of Xenia = formal institution of friendship o But was not more powerful than fate? Titian, Rape of Europe (1559 - 1562) Sarpedon at Troy (fate?) o Zeus is looking down at the battle field and see’s his son Sarpedon whom he knows will die in battle. He wants to save his son from this fate, yet Hera tells him that if he were to do so then all the other gods would also save their son’s thus simply stopping the battle. o Thus, Zeus must let his son die and to honor his death Zeus makes a tremendouse battle over his body and armor. o Hermes is depicted in an image as the guide to death. Hera o Sister and Wife of Zeus o Roman Juno o Marriage and Women’s Fertility o Animal = cow “cow-eyed” o Argos and Argives are special to her.
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‘Hera of the Golden Age’ o Picture of the magic thrown were Hera was stuck o Hephaestus was given birth by Hera herself. Hera, Queen of Heaven o Some of the most magnificent temples are made to her ( a Heraeum) o Temple of Hera at Olympia: 600 BC o Temple of Zeus at Olympia: 100 years later Paestum, Italy (550 BC) Zeus and Hera o ‘Stormy’ relationship; Hera is always depicted as jealous of Zeus’ many lovers. o “So sit down and shut up, and listen to what I am going to say. Not all the Gods on Olympus will give you a bit of assistance if I get sore and lay my irresistible hand upon you.” o Hephaestus reminds his mother of that one time when Zeus might got the best of him and threw him out of Olympus, which he fell for nine days smashing against the ground. o Hephaestus cheers everyone up. Hieros Gamos (Iliad 14) o James Barry 1773 Male Olympians
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o The Three Brothers * Apollo Zeus * Hephaestus Poseidon * Ares (Hades) * Hermes * (Dionysus) Apollo, the Far-Darter, God Prophecy o One of the most complex Gods o His role at Delphi makes him, next to Zeus, the most important Olympian o Bearer of the traditional male aristocratic Greek culture through music, … (incomplete) Apollo, the Far-Darter, God Prophecy o Son of Zeus and Leto (Titan) o Roman name – Apollo (twin of Artemis) o Healing/plague – Lord of Mice – Iliad o Prophecy o Music o Light (sun) “Phoebus”
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