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introduction to the epic
Transcript of introduction to the epic
large themes/big questions
use of epithets
In medias res
riffing on old stories
who are we?
why are we here?
gods' role in our lives
429–347 B.C.E plato
the stuff of philosophers!
Poseidon Greek god of the sea
the man of twists and turns
the earth shaker
nostalgic about earlier times
Like prologue in Shakespeare
Greeks believed in muses who inspired all artists
invoke = to call upon
"Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus..."
Latin for "in the middle of affairs".
The Odyssey takes place in about a month, but re-tells the events of 20 years
Star Wars is a modern epic
en media res
Ideas about Authorship
tradition said he was blind (blind bard in Odyssey)
maybe a great performer
he may have written or may have been illiterate.
Very likely he did not actually write.
during the "Dark Ages" 1150-700 bc seemed to have lost
writing. Literacy emerges again around 700.
Late Bronze Age
athena becomes "the grey eyed goddess"
Helps the poet work in meter
elements of epic
rule of Augustus Caesar
writing is lost
Linear a & b
Gilgamesh 2000 BCE