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Introduction to Classical Mythology Dr. Michael Broder University of South Carolina February 28, 2012
Please write your Daily Write on a complete sheet of paper, not a half sheet, and not a sheet with other Daily Writes already on it. Violators will be docked 1 point no matter how good their answer is.
If you leave the room early, I will ask for your name and deduct 1 point from your Daily Write. If it’s an emergency we can discuss it at another time. But I know it is usually NOT an emergency. And I will not tolerate it without a penalty.
What is the major message you take away from the Odyssey ? By message I do not mean “moral of the story.” Instead, I mean what do you learn from having read the Odyssey about the human condition? Of course this question is wide open, but to get full credit, you must provide examples from the text to support your response.
In Homer’s Iliad , Homer tells us that Aphrodite gave Helen to Paris because he judged Aphrodite to be the most beautiful goddess. At Histories 1.3, Herodotus tells us that Paris “Re solved to use abduction to get a wife from Greece, being confident that he would get away with this unpunished, just as the Greeks had done.”
Comment on the presence or absence of divine intervention in these two accounts
What do you think Herodotus might have thought about the idea that Paris won Helen through the help of a goddess?