Homer as God Homer’s words as Magic Spells Influence –Vergil –Dante –Milton Ingres
Sing, Goddess,… Calliope? Muses, daughters of Mnemosyne Iliad-16,000 lines 8 Epics in Cycle Voyage to Troy Attacks on Trojan Allies Anger of Achilles –Iliad Coming of Amazons Death of Achilles Voyages Home –Odyssey
Modest Poet Tell me now, you Muses who have your homes on Olympos. For you, who are goddesses, are there, and you know all things, and we have heard only the rumor of it and know nothing. Who then were the chief men and the lords of the Danaans? I could not tell over the multitude of them nor name them, not if I had ten tongues and ten mouths, not if I had a voice never to be broken and a heart of bronze within me, not unless the Muses of Olympia, daughters of Zeus of the aegis, remembered all those who came beneath Ilion. I will tell the lords of the ships, and the ships’ numbers.
Wedding of Peleus & Thetis Thetis & Mortal Eris - Strife Golden Apple
Another Dangerous Son Priam, Hecuba, (& Concubines) 50 sons Hecuba’s Dream of Firebrand Exposure, Bear? Adoption, Recognition Alexandros –The Protected –The Protector
Judgment of Paris Hera, Athena, Aphrodite Bribe offers: –Power –Wisdom –Beauty
Swanning Around with Leda Tyndareus & Leda & Zeus Castor, Klytemnestra Polydeuces, Helen
Helen Suitors’ Pledge to Support Successful One among Them
The Wrath of Achilles Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus' son Achilleus and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians, hurled in their multitudes to the House of Hades strong souls of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished since that time when first there stood in division of conflict Atreus' son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.
Family Meals I Agamemnon’s Culinary Ancestry Tantalus Pelops Demeter
House of Atreus Atreidae
Family Meals II Thyestes & Aerope Atreus’ revenge
Agamemnon’s Family Values Agamemnon. Klytaimestra, Iphigeneia
Orestes’ Family Values Father over Mother
Clytemnestra’s Revenge Erinyes Furies Avenging family blood Bouguereau
Ending the Cycle Murder Athens Delphi Apollo Athena Erinyes to Eumenides
Achilles as Draft-Dodger?
Achilles vs. Agamemnon: areté vs. timé areté: honor based on excellence - excellence, prowess, success timé: honor based on possessions and power
Gift Exchange, Potlatch Briseis, slaves, valuables, daughter, 7 citadels Agamemnon: "And let him yield place to me, inasmuch as I am the kinglier / and inasmuch as I can call myself the elder born."