CLAS220 - Lecture Notes for March 20, 2012

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  • 1. Introduction toClassical Mythology Dr. Michael BroderUniversity of South Carolina March 20, 2012
  • 2. Daily Write #17As Alkestis prepares to die in Euripides’ play, Admetosutters such laments as “What shall I do without you?”(340) and “I am destroyed if you leave me” (346). Astranslator Anne Carson points out, “Since he himselfhas arranged for her to die in his place, thesesentiments strike us as bizarre” (p. 248). Do Admetos’sentiments strike you as bizarre for this or any otherreason? If so, how might you explain them? If not,how do you defend them?
  • 3. Herakles: Identification• Author = Euripides – Greek – (c. 480–406 BCE)• Title = Herakles• Genre = Tragedy, tragic play, tragic drama
  • 4. Upcoming Assigments• 3/13—Euripides, Herakles (in Grief Lessons)• 3/15—Overview of underworld myths – No assigned reading• 3/20—Euripides, Alkestis (in Grief Lessons)
  • 5. Introduction toClassical Mythology Dr. Michael BroderUniversity of South Carolina March 20, 2012