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Unformatted text preview: 1) earliest times 750 BCE: most fluid (oral only) 2) 750-550: formative / Panhellenic (oral only) 3) 550-317: definitive (oral + early texts) 4) 317-150: standardizing (fixed texts) 5) 150 on: most rigid (standardized texts) Reading Greek Epic Iliad Book 1 proem (opening) narrative begins Homeric society the Iliad as a classic Odyssey Book 2 social institutions perspective (compare the Iliad ) Telemachos & the Suitors the Odyssey as a classic Works and Days lines 1-382 Hesiodic epic (person vs. persona; didactic epic) [Dillon 3.1-2] Hesiod vs. Perses social institutions: legal, kings ( basileis ) argument by example: Prometheus & Pandora; 5 Ages of Mankind; hawk & nightingale view of gods Early Greek Epic: Conclusions traditional, pre-literate art form expressing big ideas about culture Hellenic identity elite perspective epic communities epics as classics...
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