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10/6 Odysseus Homer as an individual never really existed- oral poetry, so bards would pass it from one person to the next Greeks said they had this guy Homer, but major linguistic differences in Illiad vs. Odyssey This complicates our search for a Homeric Hero Odyssey was written later, so reflects more classical concerns Odysseus=great-grandson of Hermes King of Ithaca Mother- Anticlea, Father- Laertes, Wife- Penelope, Son- Telemachus Not as invested in the war as many others were Odyssey Books 1-4: NO ODYSSEUS! Starting with the family, (In Iliad started right away with Achilles) Book1: Odysseus gone for 20 years, suitors in house trying to marry Penelope- interesting, because technically married, but she should marry if Od. Is dead Penelope keeps throwing away suitors Book 2: Telemachus goes on journey, looks for info on dad, but nobody can say Having book 2 as son, shows how much Odysseus cares about family Different from Achilles Book 5: When meet Od for first time, shipwrecked on an island with nymph Calypso Decided she likes him Island is very lush, fertile- literarily symbol for sexuality Meet Od, weeping, homesick, even though she’s beautiful goddess
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