Assignment 3


9/13/17–1 hour

This week I managed my time a bit better with the readings. I feel that I have finally found my formula for success. I predict next week to be my best week thus far, and plan to emulate it each week. Lets see how long my arestia will last in my Greek mythology class.

The Iliad is getting really intense now. We are nearly at the climax of war. Both parties are trading winning positions. Men on both sides are acting gloriously to try and secure a victory for their people. Leaders are being put to the test, every decision being made is crucial. The gods are intervening to try and bend the rules of human nature. This was a very exciting section of reading.

Class notes- 9/12/17- Book 10 1.5 hours

Prosopopoeia — speaking in another persona

  • Odysseus tried to channel someone with greater credibility to persuade Achilles

Agamemnon’s Redemption

  • Inferior to Achilles
  • Both lose spear wives
  • Contractual or reciprocal response to losing spear wife (Agamemnon)
  • Both almost/or do lose a close companion
  • Both have arestia
  • Both receive appeals for ransom
  • Agamemnon’s leadership
  • Criticized for not being vigilance or attentiveness
  • Becomes pessimistic about war
  • Form council with Nestor and Menelaus

Book 11

  • Agamemnon goes on aristeia for first time in epic
  • Ekphrasis — written description of weaponry
  • Gorgon — woman with snakes for hair and long tongue and can turn people into stone
  • Apotropaic — symbol that makes you turn away

9/8/17–1 hour

Book 10 seems to be the start of Agamemnon’s short attempt at glory. He finally seems to have snapped out of his slump and is starting to take leadership seriously. The bitterness of an impending defeat is keeping him up at night, along with Menelaus. He calls a night meeting with all of the leaders and they devise a plan, and they get creative. they sent two spies, Diomedes and Odysseus, to go behind enemies lines on a spy mission under the cover of the night. Ironically, as the Greeks set out on this mission the Trojans attempt to do the same by sending Dolon on a spy mission. Dolon ends up getting killed by Diomedes and Odysseus, after he spills some valuable information. The two greeks head to the opponent’s camp, commit a silent raid, and head back to their respective camp.

9/10/17–1 hour

Book 11 is packed with action and fighting. Agamemnon, for the first time in the Iliad, reaches “god mode.” He goes on a relentless killing spree, crushing all Trojans in his path. Zeus sees Agamemnon going H.A.M(Hard as a Motherf*ucker) on the Trojans and decides to intervene. He makes the heavens rain blood to disrupt the battle. The Greeks keep pressing toward Troy, and the Trojans take a defensive strategy. Paris and Hector start to turn the tides of the battle with their timely and skilled fighting and leadership.

9/11/17–1 hour

The Trojans have taken control of the battle and the Greeks have retreated inside of their wall. The Trojans try and devise a way to break down the wall to finish of the Greeks. The wall is smashed and bloodshed continues inside the wall, with nowhere to retreat or run to.

Day Six (September 7) — 1.5 hours

Assignments (all assignments begin at the end of the class day on which they are assigned and must be completed by the beginning of the next class):

  1. Read Homer’s Iliad, Books 10–12
  2. Make a list of all the decisions Agamemnon has made so far in the Iliad. Rank each decision on a scale of 1–10 (ten being the “best” decision and 1 being the “worst” decision). Explain your reasoning for each ranking.
  • Sent Odysseus, Phoenix, and Ajax to try and convince Achilles to join the war — 7 — Although he sent good men, he failed to understand the psyche of Achilles. Achilles is not a man who pursues material gain, but rather honor and respect. He offered him material wealth, which came off as him trying to buy Achilles, and Achilles is not fool.
  • Calls night meeting and sends Odysseus and Diomedes to spy on the Trojans — 10 — This was an excellent decision that paid off well. The night raid was a success and it was much needed confidence booster for Agamemnon as a leader, but for the Greek’s morale as a collective.
  • Not letting Menelaus fight Hecktor — 10 — Hecktor would have destroyed Menelaus, and Agamemnon would have been left without his brother.

3. Compared to Diomedes in Book 5 does Agamemnon seem more or less “heroic” in battle? Be specific in your comparisons.

  • Agamemnon is more heroic than Diomedes because the latter was granted power by the god Athena, to use under certain conditions. He misused his power and didn’t follow the terms that he was given the power under, going on a bloodthirsty rage. This is not something that a hero would do because it is not very honorable to take advantage of the Gods in such a manner. When I think of a hero, I think of someone who is morally sound. He or she acts with honor, even at their physical expense. Agamemnon found power and courage within himself and proved himself on the battlefield in an act of heroic leadership during a very important battle, at a very crucial time in the war. For the first time, he unleashed his arestia and it was a great turning point of the battle. He destroyed a countless amount of people during this moment, and undoubtedly swung the pendulum of battle to that of the side of the Greeks for a moment. For the first time we see Agamemnon at his absolute best, or in God-mode, after being a leader that never seemed to be quite as good as the others.

Day Seven (September 12) — 2 hours

Assignments (all assignments begin at the end of the class day on which they are assigned and must be completed by the beginning of the next class):

  1. Read Homer’s Iliad, Book 13
  2. List all of the gods so far who have participated in the Trojan War. Whose side do they fight for? Why? Wherever possible explain how you know their motives for supporting one side against the other.
  • Zeus — supports the Trojans as a favor for the god Thetis. He shows support but raining blood in the battle in book 11 and also not letting any gods interfere in a battle in book 8.
  • Aphrodite — Supports the Trojans. This is evident when she magically whisks Paris out of danger.
  • Hera — Supports the Greek. This is evident in the very first book, when she is upset that Zeus helped Thetis in supporting the Trojans.
  • Apollo — Supports the Trojans. It is evident when he whisks Aeneas away before he is attacked by Diomedes, then leaves Aeneas’ replica body on the ground.
  • Ares — Supports the Trojans. This is evident in book 5 when he literally joins the ranks of the Trojan army to fight alongside Hecktor.
  • Athena — Supports the Greeks. It is evident in book 5, when Diomedes prays to Athena after he is wounded by Pandarus and she grants him superhuman godlike strength and ability to discern the gods in battle and to destroy as many of his opponents as possible.

Thoughts — The functions of divine entities are very different in the Greek world than the Judeo-christian world and it’s becoming more and more evident. In the Greek world, there are tons of gods, siding with different humans, building relationships, etc. and intervening with human events. Although Zeus is somewhat the supreme god, the other gods still have power to impose, and it seems as if the Greek world can get really messy. The greek gods seem to have more human-like tendencies than the Judeo-christian god, who seems to be an all-powerful, all-knowing figure, although he/she shows signs of human tendencies, such as jealousy, but not as frequently as the Greek gods it seems.

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