13_1 Perseus

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Chapter Thirteen, Lecture One Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain
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Argolid
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Myths of the Argive Plain Rich Bronze Age area Mycenae Lion’s gate Beehive tombs Tiryns
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Io and Her Descendants The Wanderings of Io
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The Wanderings of Io The river god Inachus and Melia Io Zeus’s passion and Hera’s jealousy Lerna the “cow” Argus Hermes (Argeïphontes)
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The Wanderings of Io Ionian Sea, Byzantium, the “Bosporus,” the Caucus Mountains, Egypt Epaphus “he who has been touched” = Isis boôpis
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Crimes of the Danaïds
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Crimes of the Danaïds Epaphus + Memphis Libya + Poseidon Agenor Belus Belus has two sons Aegyptus, who rules in Arabia, Danaüs, who rules in Libya
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Crimes of the Danaïds Aegyptus has fifty sons Danaüs has fifty daughters the Danaïds They flee to Argos to prevent the
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Unformatted text preview: proposed marriages – Danaüs now king in Argos • The sons of Aegyptus in Argos Crimes of the Danaïds • “All but one” – Hypermnestra spares Lynceus – Their heads buried in the Lernean swamp Springs and the Dangers of Woman Springs and the Dangers of Woman • Etiological to explain the swamps? – Also from another, related story • Amymonê and Poseidon • Theme of female resentment against fixed marriages – Also saved Argos from foreign rule Springs and the Dangers of Woman • Historical connection between Argos and Egypt – The historical Danuna (Sea Peoples?) or 1200 BC, and the tribe of Dan • “Danaän used by Homer to refer to the Argives and Achaeans (words for the Greeks at Troy). – Hellenes only from Thessaly End...
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course MYTH 2001 taught by Professor Online during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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