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CLAS203Lecture5 - ii. Zeus aided by Hermes Zeus victorious...

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LECTURE 5 SUCCESSION MYTHS The Olympians and consolidation of power
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The Elder Olympians hieros gamos Cronus + Rhea ZEUS POSEIDON HADES HERA DEMETER HESTIA the ‘Elder Olympians’ hieros gamos
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consolidation of power The Olympians consolidate their power through three battles 1. Titanomachy 2. Typhonomachy 3. Gigantomachy - machy : ‘battle’
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Titanomachy Olympians against the Titans 10 years Themis, Prometheus help Olympians Hecatonchires and Cyclopes help GREAT battle! Gaea scorched punishments Titans thrown into Tartarus Atlas (N. Africa) supports the heaven
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The punishment of Atlas
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Typhonomachy Zeus against Typhoeus (Typhon) Gaea begets Typhoeus battle with Zeus: various versions i. Zeus fights alone
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Unformatted text preview: ii. Zeus aided by Hermes Zeus victorious Typhoeus buried under Mt. Etna (Sicily) Typhonomachy Gigantomachy Olympians against the Giants Giants attack Olympus urged by Gaea mortal Heracles helps Olympians Giants defeated imprisoned under Earth (Mt. Etna) Division of spoils Zeus : sky Poseidon : sea Hades : underworld ( not one of the 12 Olympians) earth is common to all Gaea never loses her power Prominent themes 1. separation 1. succession 2. order from disorder 3. dragon combat 4. shift of power from female to male 5. conflict within the family 6. the trickster and the ogre...
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2010 for the course CLAS 203 taught by Professor Margaretp during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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