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Lapchak 1 -1Stephen Lapchak Seth Jeppesen Classics 40 4 October 2010 Assignment #1 In analyzing the battle between the Lapiths and Centaurs using moral allegory, the moral teaching of the myth is quite apparent within the tale. The myth takes place at the wedding of Pirithous, king of the Lapiths, to Hippodamia. The Centaurs were invited to the wedding and it was there that they would indulge themselves in wine and become very, very intoxicated. Next, the Centaur Eurytion would then try to abduct and rape the bride, Hippodamia, followed by the other Centaurs acting in the same beastly action to the women and boys in the crowd, thus
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Unformatted text preview: starting a battle between the Lapiths and Centaurs. Once defeated the Centaurs were driven out of Thessaly and into the northwest. This incident of wild and unruly behavior serves as a moral allegory for people by forewarning them not to drink too much, and more importantly to live out the phrase of Apollo, “nothing in excess”, no matter if its alcohol or some other trouble stirring idea. Otherwise people will begin to act similarly to a beastly creature that no one would ever want to interact with, nor even be in the presence of....
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