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Search: Colloquium 6 (Fall 2019)
September 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Topic of Discussion
In Iphigenia at Aulis, Euripides depicts his vision of events at Aulis before the Greeks sailed to Troy, conversing with the epic tradition that produced the Iliad centuries before. His views have the potential to expand how we respond to the words and actions of the warriors at Troy nearly ten years later. In Iliad 5-8 we return to a narrative in which gods play a more prominent role. For example, in Iliad 8 the gods meet in council, and Zeus forbids any of the other gods from joining in the fighting. This represents the second time in the Iliad that such a council has taken place. For our conversation in class, be prepared to share (1) your thoughts about the differences between the way Euripides’ presented the main characters and how they appear in this section of the Iliad, and (2) how the meeting of the gods in Iliad 8 differs from the earlier event in Iliad 4. What has happened in the meantime in the interactions between gods and human beings? How would you characterize the social dynamics among the gods? How does Zeus maintain his status?