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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 2.27.08 The School of Slavery I. Odysseus and His Slaves a. Eumaeus and Philoetius i. Here I sit, my heart aching, broken for him, my master, my great kingfattening up his own hogs for other men to eat, while he, starving for food, I wager, wanders the earth, (Od. 14 44-47 Fagles) 1. Ody lives on in Eumaeus mind as a gentle and loyal master. 2. Philoetius has thought about taking Odys cattle and running off with them and not feeding them to the suitors. But he doesnt because he loves Telemachus (his young master) too much. ii. There is a deep loyalty, reciprocated from Odys side. Criticism he made when he visits Laertes, his father. b. The neglect of Laertes i. Ody presents himself as a traveler, out on his farm. He taunts his father for his raggedy clothes and bad clothing he talks to his dad as though 1. Enough to be stopped with age but look how squalid you are ii. The owner has recompense for the slaves in exchange for the slaves loyalty. iii. Slaves are loyal recompense; master takes care of the slave. 1. Food, clothing, and shelter from the master. c. Deterrence of Disloyalty i. Philoetius doesnt take off with Odys cattle. He did want to, not because of his freedom and wealth, but because he wants to protect it from the suitors. He wants to protect his masters wealth. ii. The faithless maids who have sex with suitors. Melanthius, the goat herd actually was rude to Ody....
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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.
- Winter '08