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Unformatted text preview: Jacolby C. Conway Prompt #1 Tacitus does not describe any sea-burials, hardly surprising since he was reporting on the Germanic tribes of the European heartland, and the poem's description of a sea-burial may be largely a product of the poet's fancy rather than a passage reflecting any traditional burial rites. Sam Newton, for example, argues that "a treasure-laden, royal funeral-ship like that described in Beowulf would never have been allowed simply to drift off" because the mourners might subsequently face "the rather catastrophic anti-climax of discovering the vessel beached with the next tide" (qtd. in Slade, "Explanatory Notes"). Be that as it may, the description of the great pagan ruler buried with treasures and weapons fits what we have already seen of the pre-Christian Germanic tribes described in Tacitus. Prompt #2 Courtly love governed relationships, dictating exactly how love should be executed. This ideology transformed literature, creating a new genre devoted to valiant knights embarking on...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2011 for the course SOC 1301 taught by Professor Allinclusivelist during the Spring '11 term at Lone Star College.
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