CLAS 131 Notes 10

CLAS 131 Notes 10 - CLAS 131 Notes 10 Gods and Mortals...

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CLAS 131 Notes 10 Gods and Mortals Euripedes, Hippolytus Chronological shift, from the Archaic period to the Classical period - Euripedes: Athenian author of tragedies - Born 480s BCE, died c. 406 BCE - Hippolytus : 428 BCE Shift in focus: from the divine sphere to the human sphere - Unlike: Theogony or even the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, Hippolytus focuses mainly on the human characters and their interactions - Typical of most Greek myth; stories in which a god is the main character are the main exception Euripedes, Hippolytus Are the divine characters necessary to the plot? What would need to be changed in order to tell the same story in a modern setting? Aphrodite: what is her role in the plot? What would have to be changed if she were not a character? - Nothing! Her only role in the plot is to cause Phaedra to fall in love with Hippolytus , but that hardly needs a supernatural explanation Artemis: What is her role in the plot? What would have to be changed if she were not a character? - Almost nothing! Her only role in the plot is to reveal to Theseus that Hippolytus was innocent. Poseidon: What is his role in the plot? What would have to be changed if he were not a
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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CLAS 131 Notes 10 - CLAS 131 Notes 10 Gods and Mortals...

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