5-Herakles, Romulus

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5. Greek and Roman Myth: The Hero September 3, 2010
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Defining the hero Literal definition: son of the union of a god and a mortal Herakles (Roman name, Hercules) was the son of Zeus and Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon, who lived in the city of Thebes
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Characteristics of the Hero 1. Unusual birth 2. Threat to life in infancy 3. Exile during youth 4. Has an alter ego 5. Trials, journey, triumph over an adversary 6. Has a helper, divine or human 7. Marriage to a high- born local woman 8. Conquest of the Underworld 9. Cruel death, disappearance of physical remains 10. Cult with a sacred tomb
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Herakles the Hero 1. Conception and birth Alcmene and Zeus (3 nights long) Alcmene and Amphitryon (just 1 night) Twin brother Iphikles Unusual delivery 2. Threat to life in infancy from Hera (Herakles =Hera kleos, “glory of Hera”
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and Vice 4. Alter ego-twin brother Iphikles or nephew Iolaus Hercules chooses between Virtue and Vice. Painting by Annibale Carracci,
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2011 for the course CLT 3378 taught by Professor Magill during the Fall '07 term at FSU.

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5-Herakles, Romulus - 5. Greek and Roman Myth: The Hero...

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