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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 23 11-27-07 Heracles:-Greatest hero of the Greeks-meaning of name in doubt (-cles='glory)-mother Alcmene and mortal ‘father’ Amphitryon grandchildren of Perseus His Parentage:-Alcmene sends Amp. To fight the Teleboans to avenge her brothers if he wants to marry her-Zeus visits her disguised as Amph.-Amph himself returns, now permitted to have sex with her-Twins result, Heracles and Iphicles Heracles and Eurystheus-Zeus’ rash oath-Hera contrives that Heracles’ cousin Eurystheus will rule Heracles and the serpents-Hera sends two snakes against the newborn twins, but Heracles strangles them (Tiresias foretells his glory) Education: trained in music by Linos, but resenting punishment, kills him Marriage: Megara, daughter of Creon, Hera sends Heracles mad, so he kills children and sometimes Megara also, and on advice of Delphi. Goes off to serve Eyrystheus 12 Labors: Two groups of six-First six in northern Peloponnese-last six in far off places 1. The Nemean Lion: invulnerable hide; Heracles kills with bare hands, source of skin, heracles’s usual 1....
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- Fall '08
- Heracles kills, Iphicles Heracles, Heracles dips