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Pyrrhus and Priam
Transcript of Pyrrhus and Priam
Hamlet could also be Claudius, who kills King Hamlet while the Queen stands helplessly
Priam loses a son, severing a father-son relationship; Hamlet loses his father, again losing the father-son relationship
Hamlet's interpretation of the play - Pyrrhus is like a beast
Possible foreshadowing? Life in Troy
Did the Trojan War actually happen?
Timeline of the Trojan War
How Pyrrhus and Priam relate to Hamlet Wedding of Peleus and Thetis Eris, goddess of discord
Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite each reach for the apple
Most beautiful man alive (as chosen by Zeus): Paris, son of Priam
Aphrodite promises Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world to Paris Helen, wife of Menelaus is kidnapped
Paris and Helen are married Menelaus: Odysseus and Menelaus sent as ambassadors to Priam
Priam refuses to return Helen
First 9 years of the war – Greeks vs Troy Hector, son of Priam, dies
Achilles killed by Paris Troy would not fall until
a) Pyrrhus, Achilles' son, fought in the war,
b) The bow and arrows of Hercules were used by the Greeks against the Trojans,
c) The remains of Pelops, the famous Eleian hero, were brought to Troy, and
d) The Palladium, a statue of Athena, was stolen from Troy Trojan Horse Priam killed by Pyrrhus
at Zeus's altar General Overview Did the Trojan War actually happen? Nope. Life in Troy known for pottery and textiles, also exported horses and timber
warriors wore helmets partially made of boar's tusks
had a very varied diet