JASON, MEDEA and the
Quest for the Golden Fleece by Jason and
the crew of Argo.
MYTHIC BACKGROUND OF THE STORY:
Athamas (Boiotian king) took as a wife
NEPHELE (name means cloud) and had 2
children Phrixus and Helle. Nephele
returned to sky
Athenians pride themselves on being autochthonous or sprung from the earth
Meaning they were not descended from any invaders of Attica
Cecrops (Atticas earliest king) sprung from the earth and was half serpent
Erichthonius (of Hephaestus and the Earth)
Hippolytus: Theseuss Son by Hippolyta (Amazon)
Play set in Troezen; coastal town in northeastern Peloponnese
King Theseus (Athens) is serving a years voluntary exile for murdering a local kings sons
Hippolytus has grown up in Troezen under protection of i
Read two chapters in big book (although we did not talk much about it)
Make sure you know the biographical details (who is involved, who helps them, what is
the goal, etc)
Medea - Lars von Trier 1988 (made Nymphomaniac latest)
Crew of Argo included the flower of Greece, descendants of Greek Gods and nobles
Referred to as Minyae
Cities that claimed Minyan descent: Iolcus in Thessaly and Miletus in Ionia
Jason belongs to ruling fam of Iolcus, and the Euxine (Black
Concept: the rise and fall of Heracles
Peripeteia/peripety- reversal- one of the characteristics of a good tragedy (Aristotle)
Number of reversals in the play: Line 104, Amphitryon: All is changed
Part 1: Killing of lycus
Part 2: madness of Heracles
O @ C cntd.
Athens VS Thebes (antithesis of Athens)
- Both are kings
- Both have something to gain by keeping Oedipus
- The both want Oedipus dead; Theseus(wants to give him a grave/tomb); Creon(wants
him outside the ground a
EXAM NEXT MONDAY
Pg 566; the book divides labors into peloponnesian labors, and non-pelop.
1) To give an overview of who Heracles is
2) Know the 12 labors
Heracles/Hercules: Gift/Glory of Hera
PARENTS: Amphitryon/Zeus + Alcmena
- Zeus disguise
MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE ANSWERS
-Oral composition refers to the technique by which Dark Age poets were able to
compose extended poems, both epic and lyric, without the use of writing
-Chamber tomb tomb for burial used in many different cultu
Summary: Oedipus Rex
Antagonist: Fate, the Truth
Oedipus (ED ih pihs or EE dih pihs): King of Thebes.
Jocasta: Wife of Oedipus.
Creon: Jocasta's brother.
Teiresias (ti RE se uhs): Blind prophet.
Antigone(an TIG uh ne): Daug
Classics 45B THE HEROES
Course syllabus - WINTER Quarter 2014
Instructor: Dr. Andromache KARANIKA
University of California, Irvine- Department of Classics
Office: 400 A Murray Krieger Hall, Irvine CA 92697-2000
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monda
Stories of Kings of Athens
Origin of Athens (confusing, contradictory stories):
1) From a mortal: CECROPS
2) Autochthonous, sprung from earth
3) From Athena
1 and 2> Cecrops sprang from the earth in the form
of snake.-golden age reign
In his reign the com
Why start with Medea?
Powerful, provocative play.
First produced in 431 (year that the Peloponnesian
Euripides (born in 480s-died in 406) wrote about
90 plays (66 tragedies and 22 satyr plays).
Information from lexicographers.
The Telemachy (Bks 1-4
talking to his mother PENELOPE
The first part of the ODYSSEY
At the time when the poem begins, Odysseus is in the
middle of his adventures
The poem begins with the scene of ITHAC
Class is divided into three segments:
1) Oedipus & Co. ( Antigone, etc.)
- Oedipus the King, Oedipus of Colonus
2) Heracles (Hercules)- 12 labors; saving people from monsters
- After death, heracles becomes a God
3) Theseus/Jason (and Medea)