Greek Myth

Greek Myth - GreekMythology 22:10 Lecture#19.24.2010

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Greek Mythology 22:10 Lecture #1 9.24.2010 Introduction: What is a Myth? Greek Mythology o Explored the monstrous and grotesque o Ancient Greece known for… Democracy Theatre Philosophy Creativity and imagination o Ancient Rome known for… Sanitation, medicine, education etc. Myth o A myth is a socially powerful traditional tale. Passed on over time. Usually  has a lesson Psychologically important to a society  Not Static Changed in the past and still change today Timeless BUT the politics of it change. Element continues but changes over time. Involves fantasy Read selectively Myth: Lore vs. Ideology o Lore The basic story itself, like the plot and characters o Ideology Politics of it. Message behind the myth. Changes depending on  context, who tells it, medium. As politics change so does the ideology
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Pictures o Picture #1 : Clock of Grand Central Station God of communication Athena: goddess of wisdom Hercules: Greek Hero o Picture #2:  “Socialized Medicine” Obama Care Trojan horse from The Iliad Socialized medicine is going to ‘destroy’ our society o Picture #3:  “Siren” Advertisement for Perfume  Paris Hilton is a mermaid on rock  Sirens sat on rock and sang, bringing sailor to come close to rocks and  crash and die o Picture #4:  “The Rape of Ganymede”3 by Rembrant 1635; Zeus and Ganymede 450 BCE Lecture #2 9.27.2010     Introduction: History and Context A Brief History of Greek Mythmaking o The Archaic Period: 700-500 bCE Writing introduced Homer circulated during this period Picture #1:  Lion of Loulis, kea, c. 600 BCE Picture #2  Kouros, Athens, The National Museum, c. 550 BCE o The Classical Period: 500-323 BCE “Golden Era” (Plato, Socrates, Aristotle) Athens 500 population Democracy by elite men.  Slave Society (elites could discuss ideas)
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Differed from Sparta Picture #3:  Pericles, Athenian statesman, d. 429 BCE Picture #4:  Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs, pediments of the  Temple of Zeus at Olympia, c. 450 BCE Picture #5:  Socrates philospher, executed in 399 BCE o The Hellenistic Period: 323-31 BCE Greece turned into several kingdoms after democracy failed Alexander the Greats attempt at globalization Picture #6:  Alexander Mosaic, Pompeii, c 100 BCE Picture #7:  Dying Gaul, Roman copy of a original c. 220 BCE,  o The Roman period 8 th -7 th  period BCE Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey Heriod’s Theogony and Works and Days 7 th -6 th  Century BCE Most of the Homeric c. 600 BCE: Sappho
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Greek Myth - GreekMythology 22:10 Lecture#19.24.2010

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