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Unformatted text preview: crossing the river where Nessus is carrying Deianira, Hercules is burdened with both his quiver and the lions skin, which comes from one of his twelve deeds- the killing of the Nemean lion. With these two scenes, I pose that they can be interpreted by the Creative Era Theory by Mircea Eliade. Ovid includes the two deeds before we actually know all twelve of his deeds because it recreates the liveliness, emotional, and entertainment aspect of the myth. If a Roman were to hear the myth as this- Hercules has killed many snakes before and you will be another or Hercules has a skin of animal on him- no emotion is evoked from them and the reader would not be interested. People would not want to hear the story told like that over and over again but if they hear of a monstrous 9-headed snake or a gigantic, ferocious lion, the myths will not get old and will continue to recreate the vividness of the scene just as it did hundreds of years ago....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07