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Classics 10: Chapter 16: Spring 2010 The Myths of Crete [Theseus] I. Crete: History from Archaeology II. Cretan Myth: Bulls and the Minotaur
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Second Midterm Exam Scores are already posted to the gradebook on MyUCDavis course website Median went up! (56 of 65, as opposed to 56 of 70 on first exam) I welcome comments on the exam via email: [email protected] Was the exam fair? As described? Come to office hours to retrieve your exam and scantron if you want it
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Office Hours This Week Questions most missed were those only in textbook: Thespis, Cercopes, Pythagoras Copreus question my favorite! (only fooled 20% of you) If you would like to see what you got right and what you got wrong on your exam, come to office hours (extra times this week): Wed., 2:30-5pm; Thurs. 1-4pm; Friday 2:30-5pm 716 Sproul Hall (near corner of 1st and A Streets), where all Foreign Languages are Compare your scantron to the answer key and the exam; all questions to be clarified Grades on MyUCDavis gradebook
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Theseus (one last point …) Theseus a minor figure in earliest Greek myth; yet THE major hero of Athens by 450 BCE Expansion and popularization of his myth begins with the tyrant Pisistratus (561-527) Uses Theseus as model for his own deeds for the city When Cleisthenes created Athenian democracy in 510 BCE, he claimed to be inspired by Theseus’ creation of the assembly After the Persian War, Athenian victory was conveyed through comparisons with the Amazonomachy and Centauromachy Also his killing of the monstrous Minotaur
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Theseus Goes to Crete Theseus then goes to Crete to kill the Minotaur and release Athens from the control of King Minos on Crete (Chapter 16, more very soon!) Had promised his father that if successful he would change his sail for his return trip from black to white Kills the Minotaur but forgets to change the sail Aegeus sees the black sail in the distance, throws himself in the sea Now called the Aegean Sea in his honor Shows the influence of the Athenian Navy!
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Theseus, King of Athens Theseus thus returns to tragedy but inherits the kingship Reorganizes region of Attica under Athens Founds the Panathenaic Festival, which celebrates the unity of Attica under Athens These previous two mostly done by Pisistratus Founds the popular assembly for political
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course CLA 10 taught by Professor Traill during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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