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Greek and Roman Literature

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Transcript of Greek and Roman Literature

The End :D
Heroism
Greek
noble birth or born of one godly parent
individualism
the code of the warrior
perseverance
Roman
overcoming obstacles in oneself
loyal to the gods, his family, and his society
follow his destiny
History
Greek vs. Romans
Authors and their Works
Homer (8th century B.C)- Was the most important and earliest of the Greek and Roman Writers.
Works include:
The Iliad
- An epic poem attributed to homer and the oldest piece of European literature --> divided into 24 books.
The Odyssey
- journey home undertaken by Odysseus after the Trojan war
Aesop (620?-560 B.C)- Once a slave and a famous slave, and eventually became a rather famous story teller of ancient Greece.
Works: Aesop's Fables--> Well known fables= The Tortoise and the Hare
Titus Maccius Plautus ( 254 B.C-?)- The greatest Roman comic playwright and was one of the two major writers of Roman Fabula Palliata.
Works: Amphitryon, The Captives, and Pseudolus.
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Influences on Music and Art
much of the Greek poetry and drama known today was originally sung or musically accompanied
Common String Instruments
Greek and Roman Literature
800 BC - 200 AD
Alexander the Great spread greek culture throughout the lands he conquered (flourished in culture and politics)
After he died, Romans started to spread the legacy of the greeks and also developed their own.
- lyric poetry, high comedy, oratory, and history
- not perfected until the time of Augustus
Tragic Hero
Based on Aristotle....
The audience first develops an emotional attachment to the tragic hero
the audience then fears what may befall of him
when misfortune falls, the audience pities the hero (Oedipus blinding himself)
Tragic flaw- mistake (lack of knowledge of his own identity)

Major Gods and Goddesses
Zeus
Aphrodite
Athena
Hades
Hermes
Kronos
VS.
Jupiter
Venus
Minerva
Pluto
Mercury
Saturn
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Theaters
(considered a valuable experience)
The Classical period was the era of drama.
The two major lyric poets were Sappho and Pindar.
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