The Epically Epic and The Epic-tacular HeroWhy are we here? What is our purpose? What happens when we die?
What Constitutes EPIC-NESS?Poem (Dactylic Hexameter) Long, Elevated StyleAbout a Hero (Actually Existed) Builds National IdentityInvocation of the MUSE Media Res (IMPORTANT) Goes to Hades
What else makes something Epic-y? A concern with the fate of a nation or people; A correspondingly large scale, often ranging around the worldThe intervention of supernatural figures, who are interested in the outcome of the action Extended similes, generally called epic similes; Long catalogues, whether of ships, characters, or placesExtensive battle scenes A few stock episodes
Does length matter? The Epic of Gilgamesh 10 Tablets (3000 lines)The Iliad (5000 lines) The Aeneid (7,000 lines)LOOK AT WHAT IT DOES! Blend of ancient oral tradition (poetic song) with written inventions (dialogue, allusion, etc) Universal Questions are not simple Length does matter
How do you know you are superman? Larger-than-life hero, embodying the values of a particular society.An epic hero is superhumanBraver or stronger or smarter or cleverer than an ordinary person (YOU) On a quest for something of great value Villains that try to keep the hero from his questUsually uglier and lamer than heroMixed divine/human birth (still flawed like us) Gods interferes with the human world and the hero
Introduction to Gilgy
Introduction to Achilles
Introduction to Aeneus
Quiz What seven qualities make it an epic? List one quality of an epic hero? Why does length matter?What is Gilgameshs linneage? What does Gilgameshs story make us confront? What makes Achilles, Achilles? How is Achilles like Gilgamesh? What is wrong with Aeneus?