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February 1 st , 2008 Humanities week 4 lecture 3 Odysseus’s World I. Introduction a. Makes it difficult because the poem is the only evidence, what this world might have been like. b. Society is not with steep hierarchy Homeric Society Not Steeply Hierarchized o Not aristocratic, proto-nobility o Commoners o Woman are not autonomous to men o Family prestige and dowry o The Polis o Scattered fortified towns o Each settlement “polis” control the immediate surrounding farm + grazing land along with rural population that lives there o Greece was sparsely populated, and warfare was frequence “slave raids” “cattle raids”. Small towns raiding each other. o Barter, trade, no money in his world o Trades luxury items, for comfort of elite families Trade o Homer’s settlements are self-sufficient II. A career in Politics: Od. 14.220-407 (Fagles) o “Cretan” Lie to Eumaeus a. Od. Lies to Eumaeus so he doesn’t have to tell him who he really is. b. Cretan lies because he claims to be from that island. c. Crete was famous for home of all great liars. d. Rages to riches story, then back to rags o Bastard Son a. Bastard son of wealthy person, dad dies, legitimate son takes all of the family’s wealth and Od. Doesn’t get anything. b.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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