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CC 303 Exam 4 Essay


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Is the idea of a hereditary curse simply a metaphorical way of saying that families tend to repeat the same transgressions, or does it imply more than that? Explain your answer using the House of Pelops.
What Greek concepts of 'civil war' are revealed in the siege of Thebes and its aftermath?
Is Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos justly called a tragedy of fate? Or are there other more important interpretations of this tragedy? Explain.
Thesis: There are more important themes (use the examples provided in the short answers to expand on all the themes below)
1) Conflict between fate and free will
2) Blindness and sight
3) Danger of seeking truth
Using the myths expressed in your readings, explain what roles eros plays in Greek myths about mortals and their lovers.
Thesis: Eros in Greek myths about mortals and their lovers, although it can be a positive idea of physical and/or mental attraction, ultimately often results in at least one of the parties involved experiencing pain, suffering, disease, death, etc. While some of these myths have happy endings, it is rare.
Calchos and Circe
Daphne and Leucippos
Deianeira and Herakles
You guys can use a lot of the examples from the short answer
Using your readings from Horace, Cornutus, and Fulgentius, give example of how these authors 're-imagine' Greek myths.
Using your readings from the Aeneid and Buxton, demonstrate how the Aeneid is a decidedly Roman approach to the Trojan cycle.
What are the differences between Parthenius' account of 'Daphne' (p. 342 in Trzaskoma) and Ovid's 'Daphne and Phoebus (Apollo)'? Explain why Ovid may have adapted the myth in this way.
Thesis: The goal of Ovid's version is much more focused on the point of satirizing Apollo and humanizing him, portraying him as a fawning fool rather than a mighty deity; this is an interesting and unusual juxtaposition to the writing of Parthenius, which much better reflects the general writing style of Greek authors at the time focusing on the male characters and giving hard facts rather than satirizing characters
Focus of his version is Leucippus who falls in love with Daphne (she's like Artemis, running around and hunting stuff) and ultimately Apollo is super in love with Daphne so he has Leucippus exposed as a man, which gets him killed, and then Apollo goes after her
In a dry sense, to escape him, she prays to Zeus to get free and escape humanity, so she is turned into a tree
Apollo's character
When you read this, Apollo doesn't come across as fearful; he is a fawning lover who is grabbing a laurel tree and kissing it in the end
In this version, even after she gets a metamorphosis, he's still enamored with her
Causes Daphne to not want to be around him
The greater warrior is the lover, and Ovid conquers Augustus by humanizing him into a fawning little fool because that's what love does
Ovid's way of proving "I'm superior to you, Apollo"
Some of this is written just for entertainment; some of it is to humanize a god
Augustus Caesar
Caesar is pissed because he's trying to revolve Roman tradition and revive temples to Apollo and gods
Ovid's shit really strikes a chord with Caesar
Ultimately, Ovid proves his superiority to gods in the sense that he has control over them in the written word and he somewhat immortalizes himself or at least brings himself to their level through his works which last throughout time
In the prologue to The Legend of Good Women, Chaucer claims that he has been charged by the Queen of Love to atone for his treatment of Criseyde by writing stories about the goodness of women. Do you think this is an accurate assessment? How does Criseyde's character reflect Chaucer's perspective on the Trojan War?
Using the figures of Beowulf, Cu Chulainn, and Wayland, describe how the heroic sagas from Medieval northern Europe are different from their Classical Mediterranean counterparts.