Monday, April 4, 2016

Universal Laws #2 and #3

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today's post is about my mythology course, Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology through Penn Arts and Sciences at University of Pennsylvania and taught by Peter Struck. A quick reminder about Universal Laws: they are given throughout the course and are supposed to hold true for all of antiquity. The definitions given here are my interpretation of them, so if you have another idea of what they mean, please comment below.


Universal Law #2 states that "In order to persuade people, you need to know your audience", which means that if you wish to convince people, you need use an approach as unique as the person themselves. For example, if you want to persuade a young maiden, you might need to focus on flattering her on her beauty. However, if you wish to convince a wise old man, you might want to focus on his wisdom.

Universal Law #3, which says "It's not good to be food", means that humans are not meant to be food, and when they are, it isn't good. This is an extension of food crimes, which you get punished for eating stuff that is not food. Also, it springs from the myth of Polyphemus, in which Polyphemus the cyclops eats some of Odysseus's men when they land on the island of the Cyclopes. This is also a breach of the ancient rule of ξενία (pronounced zen-ee-uh), where guests to one's land get lavish rewards due to the belief that all guests come from Zeus.

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