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11-01-05 - Apollo - He expands boundaries(while...

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Homeric Hymns 11/1/05 1. Overview of the Exam a. Everyone gets two freebies. +2/34 b. Eesh… I did so-so. 2. Other stuff a. Medea, Finish Odyssey, Gods + Heroes 3. Homeric Hymns – HEROS! a. Apollo`- Kills offenders and threats to the ZWO Delphi i. Nicknamed “omphalos” - bellybutton – because thought to be the center of Greece ii. Everything was panhellenic in doctrine iii. Pythian games were held here – second most important games iv. People also went here to ask questions to Apollo and party v. Towns created treasuries and storehouses to keep Greek things – much was later sacked vi. Much Greek art was seen as later being a donation/offering to Delphi vii. The Oracle – “Little Voice” – Apollo offers you, through this, transcendence of the human condition – Knowledge of the future viii. God gives you a series of “If…then…” answers. Responses were in the form of epic poetry ix. Before starting colonies, people asked Apollo. Thus, Apollo was the God of colonies.
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Unformatted text preview: He expands boundaries (while simultaneously preventing people from breaking boundaries) x. Suggested that the oracle is the will of Zeus – Apollo is simply the mouth of Zeus. Then the info comes through priests. Well, more specifically, the info first comes through Pythia (a priestess) and then through priests. Priests translate what the priestess says. xi. Problem: lots of miscommunication through this chain of communication xii. Example of Croesus of Lydia – Asks if he should attack the Persians. “If you cross ___ river, a great empire will fall" xiii. Also, see the battle of Salamis. xiv. The failure of humans to understand provides infinite humor to the humans. Eventually, people stop consulting the Oracle. By the 1 st century BC, people stopped showing up. b. Artemis i. Destroys people for acting like animals ii. Protects helpless creatures and human infants c. Hermes d....
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