People and Themes in Homer's Odyssey.
By: Thornton, Agathe.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Library Editions: Homer Ser: Publisher: Florence : Routledge, 2015Copyright date: ©1970Description: 1 online resource (182 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317694632.Subject(s): Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism | Homer. -- Odyssey | Odysseus (Greek mythology) in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: People and Themes in Homer's OdysseyDDC classification: 883.01 LOC classification: PA4167 -- .T54 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Original Title Page -- Original Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- INTRODUCTION -- PART I: THEMES AND COMPOSITION IN THE ODYSSEY -- I. The Homecomings of the Achaeans -- Their Function in the Poem -- Their Narrative Structure -- II. The Wanderings of Odysseus -- Calypso and Phaeacia -- A Hypothesis about their Origin in Shamanism -- III. Guest-Friendship -- IV. Testing -- V. Omens -- PART II: THE PEOPLE IN THE ODYSSEY -- VI. Theoclymenus -- VII. The Suitors -- VIII. Telemachus -- IX. Odysseus -- X. Penelope -- Weaving -- Her Decision to Arrange the Bow Contest -- Her Position and Powers -- XI. Laertes -- CONCLUSION: THE STRUCTURE OF THE ODYSSEY -- NOTES -- INDEX -- General -- Passages Cited.
Published in 1970, this important work interprets the poem with a focus on the idiosyncrasies of its originally oral composition. In part I, the main themes of the Odyssey such as 'guest-friendship' and 'testing' are investigated. The incorporation of these and other themes, such as 'omens' and the 'homecomings of the Achaeans', into the dramatic construction of the whole epic is also examined. In Part II, the main characters of the Odyssey are described: the Suitors, Telemachus, Odysseus and Penelope. So too are Theoclymenus and Laertes, whom traditional criticism has maligned or disregarded. The analysis of the characters tries to illumine features which are challenging for the contemporary reader. In the conclusion, the 'plan' of the Odyssey is reconstructed. The author argues that it would probably have been performed over the course of three days: two sessions each day, with each recitation maintaining its own artistic unity.
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