Ch14HeraclesPart1

Ch14HeraclesPart1 - Classics 10: Chapter 14: Spring 2011...

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Classics 10: Chapter 14: Spring 2011 Heracles (Hercules): Part 1: Early Life and Labors [Perseus] I. The Birth of Heracles II. Early Adventures III. The Twelve Labors SECOND EXAM ONE WEEK FROM TODAY
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Perseus and Andromeda • Enter Perseus, who swoops in and asks to marry Andromeda when he saves her • Perseus flies up, lands on Ceto‟s back, rides her as he gradually cuts her head off – Repeat of Medusa story: both even have snaky hair – The freed Andromeda washes Perseus‟ victorious hands • Cepheus holds a wedding banquet, which is attacked by Cepheus‟ brother Phineus, to whom Andromeda had earlier been betrothed • Perseus saves the day with Medusa‟s head (still with him after his sea-dragon ride!), turns the bad guys to stone
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Greece = Origin of Persia? • Perseus marries Andromeda, who soon bears a son, Perses, claimed to be the eponymous ancestor of the Persians • Thus do the Greeks make their greatest enemy a product of their own hero‟s blood – Evidence of cultural superiority? – Evidence of shared humanity? – Egypt and Libya also descended from the Greek Io • Perseus then returns to Seriphos to save his mother
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The Death of Acrisius • Perseus then proceeds to Argos with his wife Andromeda and his mother Danaë • Acrisius flees (remember the oracle that said his heir will kill him?) • At a sports contest in Thessaly, Perseus accidentally kills him with a stray discus (!?) • But Perseus was ashamed to become king by having killed his grandfather the king • Trades Argos for Tiryns with Megapenthes, a son of Proetus
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The Founding of Mycenae • Perseus then founds Mycenae and surrounds it with great walls (still there!) • He and Andromeda live happily there for a long time, with many kids • Treated like the hero he was at his funeral • Perseus and Andromeda then become constellations (along with Cepheus, Cassiopeä, and Ceto)
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Summary: Perseus and Folktale • Perseus‟ tale is nearly a child‟s fairy tale – Full of monsters, maidens, and magic – Danaë and “the girl‟s tragedy” pattern • Closest we have to a folktale among the Greek heroic myths – Contrast Gilgamesh, who suffers to learn that mortality limits our aspirations – Everything turns out just fine for Perseus, and he gets everything he wants
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Perseus and Gilgamesh • Similarities between the heroes: – Divine parentage (and, for Perseus, wondrous birth) – His own strength harms his own (Acrisius) – Emphasis on the quest – Impossible labors achieved with divine help – Rewarded in the end with a kingdom • Differences: no violations, no male friend
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• Biggest difference between Perseus and Gilgamesh: Perseus devoid of internal struggle and personality – No growth in his character • Also significant: no issues in dealings with women • He saves his Mom and he and Andromeda live happily ever after • No epic survives about Perseus: not a serious enough tale? – Or would a poet have had more to say?
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2011 for the course CLA 10 taught by Professor Traill during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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