-cut out your bias towards accuracy --> Concerning Leaves: --> As you're reading, you should be interested in things. Make little notes in the columns and take ten or fifteen minutes take time to go back over these things. Make yourself experts on a handful of things. The Iliad bks. 1-4 How does the war start? Helen. Paris steals away Melenaus, but Priam still has quite a bit of respect for her in Troy. It his not her fault though this is over her. Unwritten laws, the norms of society. What happens when the need to follow societal laws and the need to defend honor clashes? Respect: when it comes to deliberation, only one person may stand at a time; enforced order. On the battle field: every man for himself. Hand in hand with this is the scepter?you could beat someone over the head with it, but it is for a sign of restraint until Odysseus hits the ugliest of Achaeans , who says the same thing to Agamemnon that Achilles said [but who didn't get beaten for it] **You don?t kill the messenger*** A priest's robes are a symbol of divine authority. You cannot hurt them while they are wearing the robes?but you can once the robes are off. Sacrifice is an act of calm, not violence?and Agamemnon was trying to get Achilles, called "the most violent man alive" to lead the sacrifice. ..the inherent snub that follows this. *common themes in Greek life: interaction with nature, constant public competition Hellenocentrism: some people have to be the best, and it must be the Greeks. THERE ARE THE GREEKS AND THERE IS EVERYONE ELSE, WHO SUCKS. How do you make a god happy? By praising him all day and giving him hamburgers. Then you hope that he will back you up one day. Book One opens with a quarrel on the mortal realm: Nestor is wisest. Agamemnon is the most powerful. Achilles is the most dangerous. Nestor rebukes both, says that both sides must give and let it go. Book One closes with a quarrel on the immortal realm: between Hera and Zeus. Hephaestus stands up between the two, tells Zeus 'you're most powerful' and Hera 'shut up'. This is not the diplomacy you see on the mortal realm. Justice v. Power Pick six little themes [anger, war, love, justice, etc] to mark . It'll make Friday's discussion a lot more fun. Monday Sept. 6, 2010 Greek History Page 1
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