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ANHS1602 Chapter 16: Theseus Summary

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Summarised notes for Week 8 in-class exam on Barry B. Powell's 'Classical Myth': Chapter 16 on Theseus Saves you from reading 30+ pages! Condensed into 8

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ANHS1602 Chapter 16: Theseus Summary
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Greek mythology Theseus Aegeus Aethra Pittheus Hippolytus Erechtheus Cecrops I Aglaurus Pallas Troezen Pirithous Poseidon
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Greek mythology Theseus Aegeus Aethra Pittheus Hippolytus Erechtheus Cecrops I Aglaurus Pallas Troezen Pirithous Poseidon
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claims about their origins: o Descended from mortal Cecrops o Autochthonous ‘sprung from the earth’ like grasshoppers o Descended from Athena • Descent from Cecrops: Cecrops sprang from the earth → from of snake beneath the waist and a man above → snake = origin from earth (Giants represented) • Cecrops introduced civilisation and monogamous marriage, worshipping Zeus, abandoning human sacrifice, building cities, bury the dead properly o Athena and Poseidon competed for Patron of the city (Athena: olive; Poseidon: saltwater spring on Acropolis) → People chose Athena (land more important) → Lasted until 5th C when Themistocles persuaded people to spend proceeds of silver on building fleet (battle of Salamis → Athens = greatest sea power) • Athenian autochthony: Story of Erichthonius (king of Athens succeeded Cecrops) o Birth: Athena went to Hephaestus’ smithy f...
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