Meeting the Challenge of Ainos
- How do Homeric and Hesiodic figures communicate selectively through riddling or cryptic speech?
- What are the prerequisites for understanding a coded message such as an ancient Greek ainos, which can occur also in tragedy, not only in epic?
- How is the plot of the myth of the Sphinx relevant to the plot of the drama Oedipus Tyrannus?
Introduction to examples of riddling speech found in the songs of the two great poets of ancient Greece, Homer and Hesiod
Read §§4–24; reading of approximately 3,600 words.
Discussion of the mental and emotional processes of understanding a coded message
Video of approximately 4 minutes.
"Extra credit" video viewing:
Watch a discussion of the cryptic speech of the Sphnix and the understanding of Oedipus; video of approximately 9 minutes (watch from the beginning through about 09:00).