HUM 2 Lecture 4 - Lecture 4 April 8, 2010 (I hate outlines)...

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Lecture 4 April 8, 2010 (I hate outlines) I. Book V a. The Losses i. Aeneas loses something important at the end of each book, Anchises, Dido, ships & men from fire 1. Dido is a bad loss to Aeneas ii. He also loses Palinurass (sp?) who was steering the ship, which was a dangerous spot, and few sailors could swim 1. He had been guiding him through the sea 2. Loses his herald, who had a loud voice, and carried the standard; also a rallying point for the troops, an inspirational figure, and spoke for the commander iii. Aeneas is essentially on his own II. Book VI a. Comes to the shore of Italy finally i. Must first celebrate his future, after celebrating the past; his father b. Down into the underworld i. This pathway to the future makes the decent an ascent 1. The direction is not physical, downward, but it is a form of going up 2. Looking at round earth, but it’s merely the direction on the map ii. Drawn into the place by a woman, Sibyl, going into a temple, like Carthage, but this time it’s the Sibyl, a young woman who symbolizes not love or distraction, but rather she is an old woman who represents as knowledge 1. Slightest wind blows away her knowledge on leaves a. Her wisdom is hard to hold onto 2. The sibyl calls Aeneas to his duty a. He looks at scenes of the future, unlike those at Carthage, which were of Troy, seeing scenes of Daedelus, who built the labyrinth, and made wings for Icarus, scenes of mythology, not war b. Passion vs. mythology, which was structure of the universe 3. The sibyl send him out to find a golden bough, growing somewhere on the forest a. He will only pluck it if he is worthy, and then he can go to the underworld, which is controlled by fate, and not by talent b. Talent is uncontrolled, and unpredictable c. Full human achievement takes two things, talent and work 4. He goes through terror, disease, old age, cares, grief, trials, sleep, death; all personified, which are components of human condition, determined by physical problems a. The soul survives because it is not physical to survive from the woes of human condition 5. Meets Palinuras who can’t cross river because he has not been buried properly a. It was against the rules for him to cross b. He had no wisdom, but he had knowledge, which was technical, therefore he could not get across the river, inadequate to true leadership 6. Aeneas comes across Dido a. Aeneas is weak in facing Dido b. Demonstrates the emotional loss when he left her, and her response is that she rejects him coldly
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c. He will no longer get help from Dido, or anyone else because of the bad things he’s done 7. He finds Anchises a. Return to the self, because the father has a sense of self b. Every person had a genius in them, a defining character that belonged to his family, and was consistent in the family i. You knew a person from their family, because of their genius which is in all of them c. Anchises = Aeneas in the past, so Aeneas is returning to his past self, seeking advice
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HUM 2 Lecture 4 - Lecture 4 April 8, 2010 (I hate outlines)...

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