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Extra credit 11.05.09 - Emily Tsiao 0930609 Art History 201...

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Emily Tsiao 0930609 Art History 201 Extra Credit On November the 5 th of 2009, Jeffrey M. Hurwit from the University of Oregon lectured on The Shipwreck of Odysseus: Strong and Weak Imagery in Late Geometric Art. In his lecture, Hurwit purposed that the Attic late geometric II winejug (hunt group) c. 740-720 BCE could have contained a depiction of Odysseus’s shipwreck as described by Homer or simply a nonspecific illustration of a shipwreck. In support of the point of view that the shipwreck was not Homeric, Hurwit explained how it was unlikely that the winejug artist knew the story of Odysseus and that it shows. When you look at the image the ship is whole, the crew is not lost, and the mood of the scene seems optimistic because of the survival of the crew depicted by the open hands of the figures. All of these details go against the story of Odysseus’s tragedy at sea and provide a strong argument in support of this conclusion. Jeffrey Hurwit argued for both possibilities but favored the belief that the winejug did
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