The Iliad bks. 5-8 Fight b/t Zeus and Hera parallels that between Achilles and Agamemnon Zeus protects diplomats and suppliance. So Menelaus cannot kill his prisoner in that position?so he knocks him out of that position and Agamemnon kills him. RELIGION AND PROCEDURE *War is the great leveler?everyone dies* Jokes: we laugh at these horrible things because of our own precarious position in life Agamemnon is freaking out over Menelaus ' wound: "if you die, it will be hard for me because everyone will want to go home!" But Menelaus is fine and finally tells him to stfu. Two different kinds of heroism: Hector: "attaboy" all about the encouragement Agamemnon: "you suck" all about the stick You can't say no to the gift of the gods. But they all bring ruin..even the good gifts Hector really shows his character?he is always polite, respectful, understanding. Really a good guy. Goes to his wife, tells her he must fight for fear of his wife's future as a slave. He fears shame; shows empathy. Compare this to Agamemnon when he thinks his brother is going to die. Aristeia: when the hero is at his best/absolutely berserk. Diomedes reaches this, allows for him to discern gods from humans thanks to Athena. Diomedes, attacker of gods. Closure appears in book 6 [6.142]?Glaucous and Diomedes meet, prepare to face off, but Glaucous tells his whole life story, Diomedes realizes that their grandfathers were friends and therefore they cannot kill each other. Instead, they trade armor. "Like the generations of leaves, so the lives of men." *his name doesn't matter. His family, his tree, does. What is divinity/humanity? What are the rules written/unwritten of society? How do we coexist? How is authority conferred? What does it mean to be Greek? Where and why does honor give way to peace? How do individuals relate to the group? For Friday: Put down the book/line number about your three favorite passages of the book and be prepared to say why. Also, Leaf 02 Why bother writing? So what does writing do for/to me? Voice! Not the standard essay?wanna know what really interests you/\. Wed. September 8, 2010 Wednesday, September 08, 2010 10:18 AM Greek History Page 1
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