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The Epic, The Epic Hero, and The Epic World In Media. Prof. Q UT Arlington. The World of The Epic. The Iliad – The Aegean World Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia Beowulf – Scandinavia Sundiata – Mali The Divine Comedy – Earth, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell. The Epic – Epic Across Media.

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the world of the epic
The World of The Epic
  • The Iliad – The Aegean World
  • Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia
  • Beowulf – Scandinavia
  • Sundiata – Mali
  • The Divine Comedy – Earth, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell
the epic epic across media
The Epic – Epic Across Media
  • The term “Epic” can also apply to:
    • Epic Films
    • Epic Novel (specially sci-fi and fantasy)
    • Epic Video Game
    • Epic Music
epic music vs music that tells an epic
Epic Music vs Music that Tells an Epic
  • Epic Music
    • Symphonic and Instrumental with Chorus Harmonization
    • Focus on Drums
    • Sounds are symbolic of war
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsNlhUxwGjU
  • Music that Tells an Epic
    • Music of any genre that tells the story of a hero figure, remembers great deeds, or promotes heroic traits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9QjrmvW2t8

epic invocation and statement of theme
Epic Invocation and Statement of Theme
  • Gilgamesh
    • He who has seen everything, I will make known to the lands.I will teach about him who experienced all things,Anu granted him the totality of knowledge of all.He saw the Secret, discovered the Hidden,he brought information of (the time) before the Flood.He went on a distant journey, pushing himself to exhaustion,but then was brought to peace.
  • Beowulf
    • Lo! the Spear-Danes’ glory through splendid achievements
    • The folk-kings’ former fame we have heard of,
    • How princes displayed then their prowess-in-battle.
    • From many a people their mead-benches tore.

Sundiata

    • I am a griot. It is I, DjeliMamoudouKouyat, son of Bintou
    • Kouyatd and DjeliKedianKouyatd, master in the art of eloquence.
    • […]
    • I am going to tell you of MaghanSundiata, of Mari-Djata,
    • of SogolonDjata, of Nard MaghanDjata; the man of many names
    • against whom sorcery could avail nothing.
long and formal speech
Long and Formal Speech
  • The assassin has overcome my final defense, and now he’s come to murder me.
  • In the end, what separates a man from the slave?
  • Money? Power?
  • No.
  • A man chooses. A slave obeys.
  • You think you have memories.
  • A farm.
  • A family.
  • An airplane.
  • A crash.
  • And then this plane.
  • Was there really a family?
  • Did that airplane crash, or was it hijacked?
  • Forced down?
  • Forced down by something less than a man something bred to sleepwalk through life until they’re activated by a simple phrase spoken by his kindly master…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG25S51qJQQ

religion plays a role
Religion Plays a Role

“I am Alpha and Omega, The First and The Last, The Beginning and The End”

- Revelations 22:13

- Quoted in Fallout 3

- Quoted in Xenogears

nostalgia
Nostalgia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uytFKoygdrE

discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • Which do you consider the most essential elements of the epic? Why?
  • Can you think of any text in addition to the ones discussed / mentioned today that have some or most of the elements that make up “the epic”? Explain.
  • Which do you consider the most essential elements of the epic hero? Why?
  • Can you think of any text in addition to the ones discussed / mentioned today that have some or most of the elements that make up “the epic hero”? Explain.
  • A text is not necessarily considered an “epic text” because it has one or two elements from the epic. How many elements should a text have before we consider it an “epic film / game / novel”? Is there “something more” to the epic as a genre beyond a combination of its elements?
  • How does the journey play a role in the development of the hero? How do other characters?