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Mythology take-homw exam 1

Mythology take-homw exam 1 - Mike Zolnick CLAS-104-01 Part...

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Mike Zolnick CLAS-104-01 Part 1 1. The platonic Socrates argues that love begins first as a physical attraction – or, rather, a love of physical beauty. A person will then realize the beauty in all living beings and become instilled with a sense of love for the “beauty in the soul [that] is more precious than that in the body.” (M&L, p. 201) This love is more wholesome and pure than any other. Additionally, it allows us to further understand the complexity of the love exhibited by the god Eros, an object of much discourse. 2. On the east and west pediments of the Parthenon are depictions of Athena’s birth and victory in the control of Athens. A long frieze comprised of ninety-two metopes that display various accounts of Athena’s grandeur accompanies these huge engravings. A frieze on the inside of the Parthenon depicts Athenian citizens as “marshals, attendants, horsemen, hoplites, and assistants in the worship of Athena.” (M&L, p. 169) In the center is a huge statue of Athena, which reinforces all of her grandeur and holiness seen throughout the temple. Thus, the role of the Parthenon is complete; it glorifies Athena at every inch of the building and also provides the only place grand enough to worship the mighty Athena. The Athenian people see themselves as servants to the all-mighty Athena and consequently carry themselves accordingly. 3. In the story of Galetea and Polyphemus, our cycloptic hero kills the lover of Galatea, a woman who has rejected Polyphemus repeatedly. In book IX in the Odyssey , he cries to his father, Poseidon, to carry out his vengeance against Odysseus, who got Polyphemus drunk and poked out his eye. In both stories, Polyphemus is shown as an innocent beast with an unstoppable rage. In the former, he recounts the beauty of his rugged features (M&L, p. 355). He is comedic in his simplemindedness, drawing pity from the reader
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Mike Zolnick CLAS-104-01 over his unfortunate circumstances. This is seen again in the Odyssey , when he is tricked by the guiles of Odysseus. He is merely a victim of circumstance, caught up in the doings of more important heroes and gods. 4. The relationship between Zeus and Poseidon has been marked on numerous occasions by the all-knowing god falling victim to the trickery of the mortal Prometheus. Zeus’s punishments come harsh and quick; at one point, he punished Prometheus in a Lindsay- esque hell-dimension where his liver would be eaten –daily – by a bird. Zeus also punished Prometheus’s theft of fire with the creation of mortal women. Yet, Prometheus fights for the rights of men, inspiring us that, with enough intelligence and trickery, you can deceive even the highest of gods.
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