Interpretation of Myth, Origin of the world, 3rd dynasty (Mon)

Interpretation of Myth, Origin of the world, 3rd dynasty (Mon)

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Monday, class 5 13/08/2007 11:25:00 Faculty/instructor resources—list of names to know Look at the powerpoints online Last class: sacred myths, legends, folk tales, fairytales (simpler than folk tales, have a final moral), fables (animals and commoners) myth—mythos—story; ology—study of various sources of mythology, where do these stories come from?? bronze age 2000-1100 epic of gilgamesh Homer—ca. 750-650 B.C.; the Illiad and the Odyssey; story of Troy, return of Odysseus from Troy Hesiod—wrote Theogony, the birth of the gods ca. 700 B.C.; the Works and Days Homeric hyms; 700-550; hyms sung in honor of the gods; essentially prayers lyric poets; 700-500 5th century; Herodotus wrote history of the Trojan war three great play writes; Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides; wrote tragedies (a performing art in antiquity done fir the gods); plays always set in the bronze age Troy; 1200 stories in generation of troy of before; 1300-1200 B.C. continuous tradition after Troy (12-11) mycenian palaces (bronxe=mycenian age) are destroyed dark age 100-750 (Homer)--> greek renesance/archeic age o introduction of writing migration to gaza, crete, southern italy, southern and western turkey 3 importtant generations; homer’s stories go back 3-500 years; no written literature durng the actual bronze age, probably orally transmitted stories during that time Interpretation of myth etiology myth can be defined, nontechical scholars began to teach mythology 19 th century; previously started university with a “classical” education make up stories to explain religious beliefs, or how the world came into existence, stories to describe the workings of the universe, stories arise from wars and heroes
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o heroes in greek stories tend to be larger, stronger than in life Charter Theory these myths also explain cultural aspects of society Ritualists classical mythology is ritual based the piece de Myonae—story of Prometheus tricking Zeus out of the prime cut of meat
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Interpretation of Myth, Origin of the world, 3rd dynasty (Mon)

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