CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Nostoi, Odysseus, Greek Hero Cult

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Very detailed account of the fall of troy in the aeneiad by vergil. Illustration shows odysseus going through the island of the sirens. He wanted to be the only man who heard the song of the sirens and survived. So he plugged the ears of his sailors with wax and asked them to tie him up in a mast with open ears. Homer is the author, though we don"t know if there"s only one homer since the accounts are very different. Iliad (over a span of weeks) is about war (extols war) and the odyssey is about going home. Discussion whether or not iliad is for war or against war. There were other epics written to fill in the gaps that the iliad and the odyssey did not fill (about returns of other heroes) called the nostoi (which literally means the returns ) Athena is pissed off at ajax since he raped cassandra in the temple of.

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