By unhappy coincidence with recent political discussion, the chosen topic for this week’s session, introduced by Dr. Ben Pestell, is philomachoi – lovers of war – in Greek mythology.
Euripides’ The Trojan Women contains several examples of the sort of rhetoric which earn him the reputation as a sceptic concerning belief in divine powers. Gods are evacuated from the ruins of Troy. The implicit argument is, despite the apparent plenitude of gods in accounts of the Trojan War, that war among mortals is not a suitable concern of myth. It is human business for human legends, and the gods keep their distance.
Euripides, The Women of Troy, trans. by Philip Vellacott (Harmondsworth: Penguin 1973)
Myth Reading Group
Thursday 10 December
12:00-1:30pm Room 3.318
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