03MythSept12 - Greek and Roman Myth Sept 12 2011 1 Outline...

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Greek and Roman Myth Sept. 12, 2011 1
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Outline The poetry (and mythos) of Hesiod Succession myths Zeus as King of gods Comparative readings of Hesiod 2
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3 Who was Hesiod? Author of Theogony, Works and Days, Catalog of Women Dated to c. 700 BCE Lived in Ascra, “bad in winter, harsh in summer, good at no time” Says father was a merchant from Cyme in Asia Minor
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4 Hesiod's Muses impart information. We know how to tell many believable lies, But also, when we want to, how to speak the plain truth. Theogony 28-29 And they breathed into me A voice divine, so I might celebrate past and future. And they told me to hymn the generation of the eternal gods…. Theogony 32-34
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5 Hesiod compares poets with kings. When the daughters of great Zeus will honor a lord Whose lineage is divine, and look upon his birth, They distill a sweet dew upon his tongue, And from his mouth words flow like honey. The people All look to him as he arbitrates settlements With judgments straight… For though it is singers and lyre players That come from the Muses and far-shooting Apollo And kings come from Zeus, happy is the man Whom the Muses love. Sweet flows the voice from his mouth. Theogony 82-87, 95-98
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6 Children of Ouranos and Gaia Titans Ocean, Coios, Crios, Hyperion, Iapetos, Theia, Rheia, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoibe, Tethys, Cronos Hundred Handers (Hekatonchires) Cottos, Briareos, Gyges Cyclopes Brontes, Steropes, Agles Aka: Thunderer, Lightninger, Shiner
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