Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 02/19/2008 Epic Warrior Code is...

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Lecture 6 02/19/2008 Epic Warrior Code is fundamental in Homeric epics—No outright moral judgment on exemplary figures. The focus is on moral complexity rather than heroes’ flaws, which is very different from the modern warrior code with a clear moral center (judgment on what’s good and bad). Phalanx Hyperbole (in Agamemnon’s address of Odysseus) Achilles’ moments of doubt are what makes him human for us. Ch.1-8, violence and rage seems to fit into epic warrior code Turning point, Book 9—violence and rage goes too far. A solution has to be made. Book 9 / p.74-6 p.74 “There lies my wealth, hoards of it, all I left behind when I sailed to Troy on this, this insane voyage— and still more hoards from here: gold, ruddy bronze, women sashed and lovely, and bleaming gray iron, and I will haul it home, all I won as plunder. All but my prize of honor .” p.76 “Mother tells me, the immortal goddess Thetis with her glistening feet, that two fates bear me on to the day of death. If I hold out here and I lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 02/19/2008 Epic Warrior Code is...

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