CLAS203Lecture6

CLAS203Lecture6 - Cronus 2. Silver: Olympians 3. Bronze:...

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LECTURE 6 THE ORIGIN OF MORTALS AND THE FLOOD
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Prometheus: maker and protector Prometheus : ‘forethinker’; ‘heroic trickster’ maker, protector of humans the trick at Mecone stealing of fire (‘hybris’ ) punishment: Caucasus Mountains (Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound) reveals threat to Zeus from Thetis (married to mortal Peleus , son Achilles ) freed by Heracles
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The punishment of Prometheus
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The punishment of Prometheus
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The punishment of human beings Pandora : woman is man’s greatest affliction ( Hesiod ) ‘pan’: ‘all’ , ‘dora’: ‘gifts’ Hephaestus, Athena, Aphrodite, Hermes Epimetheus: ‘hindsighter’ (‘dummy’) the meaning of Hope motif: ‘violated prohibition’
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The *Five Ages (Races) of Human Beings 1. Gold:
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Unformatted text preview: Cronus 2. Silver: Olympians 3. Bronze: Zeus 4. *Heroes: Zeus 5. Iron: Olympians * Near Eastern classification: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Iron * Heroes: specifically Greek tradition The Flood Mesopotamian motif and parallel myths the myth of Lycaon: hybris (Ovids Metamorphoses) punishment: wolf Pyrrha and Deucalion (Ovids Metamorphoses) reestablishing the human race offspring of Pyrrha and Deucalion Hellen Dorus, Aeolus, Ion eponymous ancestors of the Greeks: Hellenes Dorians, Aeolians, Ionians Xuthus The Flood IAPETUS Prometheus Epimetheus Deucalion + Pyrrha Hellen (Hellenes) Dorus Aeolus (Dorians) (Aeolians) Ion (Ionians) eponymous ancestors Xuthus...
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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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CLAS203Lecture6 - Cronus 2. Silver: Olympians 3. Bronze:...

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