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The Odyssey: An Introduction
Transcript of The Odyssey: An Introduction
Home of the Gods Epic a long narrative poem that embodies the values of its civilization A world where...
Gods control all.
Fate is predetermined.
Gods are imperfect. ZEUS: the most powerful god Hera: goddess of marriage; Zeus's wife
Athena: goddess of wisdom, war, and peace; daughter of Zeus
Apollo: god of poetry, music, prophecy,
Aphrodite: goddess of beauty and love
Demeter: goddess of nature, Zeus's sister Hermes: messenger god; son of Zeus and a mortal woman
Artemis: goddess of the hunt; Zeus's daughter
Ares: god of war; son of Zeus and Hera
Poseidon: god of the sea; Zeus's brother Characteristics of the Epic A long narrative poem that tells about the adventures of a hero.
Tell about the values of a culture or civilization (in this case ancient Greece).
In media res
Similes The Iliad, An Epic of War Epics were performed by rhapsodes,
or travelling poets (i.e. Homer):
they were "ancient movies" The world's most beautiful woman, Helen, abandoned her husband, Menelaus, a Greek king, and ran off with Paris, a prince of Troy. WAR 1000 ships Troy Trojan
Horse THE UNDERWORLD
Home of Hades led by Agamemnon, Menelaus's brother Odysseus ~850 BC Divine Intervention the Gods may help or hurt you ANCIENT PATRIARCHY NO LOVE
10 YEARS OF BLOODSHED Would you go to war for her? Zeus's
brother "the grey-eyed goddess" (Athena)