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Classical Myth. Week 1

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Classical Myth. Week 1 FL 4143

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First week of class notes on the definition of mythology and Greek history.
Classical Mythology
Scott Di Giulio
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Date Created: 08/21/16
Classical Mythology Notes Week 1 Prof. Scott DiGiulio What is Mythology?   Myths from long ago that are still relevant/interesting.  o Stories o Bible o Religions o Moral o Inspirational o Not necessarily true or false What is a myth?  Myth comes from an ancient Greek word known as mythos.  Greek definition: anything delivered by word of mouth, word, or speech; a speech in public assembly, talk/conversation; tale, story, narrative.  “Myth is a traditional story.” –Powell p.2 “A myth is a socially powerful traditional story.”­ Buxton p.18 These quotes leave several questions:   What is a story?   What constitutes “traditional”?  What does “socially powerful” mean?  Myth: Concerns the divine, supernatural, heroic, or animals, and is set in a time  indefinable by human chronology.  What Classical Mythology is NOT:  Not identical with any single text/artistic depiction  Not created by any single individual.  What does a myth do?   Explain origins of things and way of the world in customs, traditions, and rituals.  o Myths that explain the origin of something are called Etiological Myths  (from the Greek word aition). Etiology: Story that explains the origin.  Brief overview of Greek history:   Early/Middle Bronze Ages: ca 3000­1700 BCE­ the people during this time are  not considered Greeks even though they’ve lived there a long time.   The Minoans (ca 1700­1500 BCE) o Primarily located on the islands of Crete o Named for Minos, the mythological king of Crete and the father of  minotaur o Centered on several large palace complexes founded throughout the  island. –First built starting around 2000 BCE; civilization starts to flourish several hundred years later. *Knossos*  o Strong evidence of connections with the broader Mediterranean world.   The Mycenaeans (ca 1580­1150 BCE) o First organized societies on mainland Greece. o Period largely appears to correspond to the civilization from Homer o Adopted several of the models o Mycenaean cultures invade Crete and take over many Minoan cities o Other sources of evidence point to a decline of Minoan civilization and the increased importance of Mycenaeans  o End of Mycenaeans  Sack of many city centers in 1150 BCE  The “Dorian Invasion”­ around 1200 CE, tribes of Greek speakers  from northern Greece migrated south and conquered Mycenaean  Narrative largely based  After this point, Greece enters a “Dark Age”  Beginning of Greek Revival (900 ­750 BCE) o Changes in technology and pottery  Increasing scale, luxury of grave deposits  Greek religion appears to take shape  State still fairly decentralized  Writing reappears­ coincides with beginning of Greek literature:  Homer Sdjf  Archaic Period (700­490 BCE) o “The Greek Miracle”­ for the first time, we can definitively talk about  names, dates, and events.  Emergence of the polis (city­state) across Greece  Beginning of Greek colonization elsewhere: increased trade  contact; spread of Greek language  Beginning of literature and art  Beginning of philosophy and science  Panhellenism increases throughout this period  Classical Period (490­323 BCE) o Conflicts with Persia  Battle of Marathon: 490 BCE  Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis: 480­479 BCE o Victories trigger a flourishing of Greek culture  o Conflicts within Greece  Peloponnesian War (431­404 BCE)  Third Sacred War (356­346 BCE)  Conquest of Greece by Macedonia (338 BCE) o Alexander The Great  What was Greek society like?  o Our evidence is primarily for Athens of the fifth century and fourth  century BCE.  Athens is a very unique polis in Greece.  Nevertheless, gives a decent sense of the major culture trends.   Greek Citizenship o Only free men had full citizen rights­ also had ultimate control over their  households and families.  o As citizens, obligated to serve in military. o Education system designed to prepare young men for these roles.   Greek Soldiers: The Hoplite o Education: taught as a boy in how to read and write, as well as memorize  poetry.  o Physical education  Greek Sex o Generally more fluid than modern binaries of sex  Practice of pederasty  The Symposium o “Drinking party”­ drinking wine, singing songs, interacting with young  women  Athletics o Competitions o Believed in keeping the body healthy  Role of Women o Attend children and dead o Marry o Live alone in women’s quarters  Great Dionysia o A festival every year in Athens in which tragedies and comedies are  performed/watched. These plays are opportunities to show off their  culture. 


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