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09-27-05 - Myth 1 Pre-Class Notes a Aoidos The Greek term...

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Myth 9/27/05 1. Pre-Class Notes a. Aoidos: The Greek term in epic poetry that means singer or poet (same thing) b. Hesiod seems to be derived from “Hesi” – to arrange or compose + “odos” – songs meaningful name c. We are dealing the “epos” genre – epic genre 2. Summery of the Main Events of the Theogony (a.k.a. Succession Myth) a. As opposed to other succession myths (Greek or otherwise): Force (Bie) Intelligence (Metis) Seduction (Peitho) Aphrodite Uranus Y N N Cronus Y Maybe N Zeus Y Y Y i. Part I 1. Gaea: Can produce sexually and asexually 2. Greeks imagined that the earth was a sphere with another sphere (the heavens) around it 3. Anthropomorphic terms for the universe (giving human form to non-human things) counter to Greek thought: humans are designed to look like Gods (not visa versa) 4. Uranus has sex with Gaea, Gaea becomes pregnant with three sets of children, Uranus refuses to let children be born, Gaea gives Cronus a sickle and he lops off “Dad’s nads”
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