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class notes 09/06/2016

by: Ann Carter Herbert

class notes 09/06/2016 Hist 1720

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Greek mythology, Minoans, Mycenaeans
The West and the World 1
Professor Caroline Dunn
Class Notes
Greek Mythology, GreekMinoans, Mycenaeans, Greek, Minoans
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Hist 1720 Class 09/06/2016  Greece: o Minoan and Mycenaean Regions:  Not many text sources that survive to tell us about these people  Most info is mainly archeological  The Minoan bull- over many years there has been a relationship between man and the bull  King Minos- had a complicated relationship with bulls  Minotaur- his monstrous step son (half man, half bull) o His wife mated with a bull  Kingdom on the current island of Crete  Ruler of the Minoans  Many scholars have tried to decipher why the bull was such a strong figure, some think it was in recognition of a festival to honor the gods  Bronze Bull Leaper from Crete  Probably has a religious connotation, possibly an offering  Created during the bronze age- prosperous age o Stronger than other metals  Tin and copper were used also in the sculpture, which suggests that the Minoan people were participating in trade with other regions  Knossos  Architecturally complex  The palace of Knossos- grand and beautiful, frescos suggest religious significance  Mycenae: o Very militaristic society o Palaces suggesting royal authority o Places designed to set people apart o People of the works written by Homer  Iliad Odyssey o Military artifacts prove that the Mycenaean’s are more about glory than the Minoans o The Iliad:  The story goes back further than the events that take place in the text  The figure Achilles:  The warrior who is fighting for the Greeks  A mortal human being but also descended from the gods  His mother wanted to make him immortal: dumped him into the river of immortality o She held him by the ankles, the one part of him that did not receive the seal of immortality: ex. Achilles’ heel  Eris (goddess of discord) was not invited to Achilles’ parents’ wedding  She attends the wedding in secret and leaves an apple on the table for the “fairest” o Who is the fairest?  Zeus orders Paris (a human being) to make the decision (a Prince from Troy)  He choses Aphrodite because she promises him the most beautiful woman in the world (Helen of Troy) – a GREEK woman, not from Troy  Helen was married to King Menelaus o Menelaus was the king of Sparta  Aphrodite arranges that Paris to be sent off from troy and Helen leaves with him to go to Troy o Leaving behind a lot of very angry Greek men- their Queen has been stolen away from them  Helen- known as “the face that launched a thousand ships”  Menelaus and Agamemnon go and fight Troy because of this for more than 9 years  Iliad:  Story ends with the famous story of the Trojan horse (the Greeks plan)  How is the theme of “anger” displayed by both men and gods, developed throughout the Iliad? o The Greeks have anger and want vengeance on Troy for taking their Queen o Ag. And Achilles take women from the city of Troy  Ag.’s woman is the daughter of Apollo’s priest  So now Apollo is mad  Ag. Will not release his daughter  This leads to Apollo’s vengeance  Causes arrows to be shot down from the sky onto the Greek people  Now the Greeks are upset that Ag. Won’t give her up  Achilles pleads with him, Ag. Agrees as long as everyone else gives up their women  Achilles is mad again because it is not his war and he doesn’t want to give up his captive  Ag. Then takes Achilles’ woman away  Achilles is furious- he refuses to continue fighting for the Greeks  Achilles is upset that Hector kills his possibly? Male lover  Hector is displayed as the hero even though this is a Greek story – he goes to fight Achilles o Hector asks that whoever wins will not dishonor the body of the loser o Achilles tells him no he wants vengeance o Hector is defeated and Achilles does dishonor his body o Hector’s father ( King of Troy) begs for his son’s body to be returned, finally Achilles is moved to pity  Agamemnon and Menelaus background:  This is before the period of war  Ag. Is said to be the son of Atreus o Tantalus-ancestor  Ended up inviting the gods to dinner  At which he had killed his son and killed him- testing the gods to see if they can tell  The gods knew, and punished him by sending him down to Haetes and starving him o Pelops- ancestor  Had two sons  Thyestes and Atreus  Thyestes seduced Atreus’ wife  Atreus finds the children of Thyestes and kills them and cooks them for dinner and invites Thyestes for dinner to eat his own children o Ag. Comes from this family of vengeance  The Dark Ages:  Something happens to the Mycenaean palaces and cities: demolished by archeological evidence  About 90% of Greece’s population is lost, whether it be emigration (leaving) or death  Basically deserted and we don’t know why or how  We do know that the end date of the Dark Age was the year associated with the first Olympic games- 776 BCE  The Greeks revived and come together  The Olympics were to honor and worship Zeus  Stadion- a well known race (sprint) in the Greek Olympics o Where we get the word stadium  Women had their own events  Competed in the nude o The strength of the human body is very much admired in the society  An individual competition, not a national competition  Polis- city states o Even though Greece has many of these that have rivalries, one did not compete for their polis, it was individual  No metals at this time, olive branches were used instead  A city that is controlling smaller rural areas around it- that’s why its called city states  Warfare changes from individual heroes to men that form an army and trained to defend a polis (like a militia) o hoplites- must be prepared to defend your neighbor with your shield o team work vs. defending yourself o this came about with democracy  Sparta:  Extremely militaristic society  They had slaves to work their land (helots) who made up about 75% of their population  Well trained military to keep the helot population under control  Spartans believed that strong children were born from strong parents (therefore father and mother needed to have a strong body)  The Persian invasion- when Sparta really came to power  Xerxes (Persian ruler)  Invades Sparta  Greeks will be hugely outnumbered in soldiers and ships o Force the Persians into a very narrow area for battle where numbers do not matter as much o Eventually a Greek tells the Persians that there is another way around  The Spartans are all killed but they accomplished holding them off so that the other Greek poils’ could get organized  The Athenians then go onto win a naval battle against the Persians  The defeat of the Persians eventually  Persia is associated with land soldiers and Athenians associated with the navy  Both nations come to an alliance so that this doesn’t happen again


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