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Allan Zhang 4/11/15 English 9 Mr. Stanbury Colonnade: More than just a Word In the Odyssey, when Telemachus was riding out from Menelaus's palace, the translator used the word "colonnade" to describe the exit from his palace. "When young Dawn with her rose- red fingers shown once more they yoked their pair again, mounted the blazoned car and out through the gates and echoing colonnade they whipped the team to a run and on they flew, holding nothing back, approaching Pylos soon, the craggy citadel" (Homer 15.211-216). The word currently means, as defined by the English Oxford Dictionary, "A series of columns placed at regular intervals, and supporting an entablature." In the Odyssey itself however, the word "colonnade" plays a much more important role. The word “colonnade” comes to represent Telemachus’s future, symbolizing a central part of the book, thus transforming into an important allusion to manhood. The word "colonnade" serves as a vessel for the sense of wonder that is created when Telemachus and Pisistratus ride out of Menelaus's palace. When used in conjunction with "echoing," the "colonnade" seems to grow in size serving further to display the splendor of Menelaus's palace and perhaps even actual Greek residences. Thus, through
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