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Classics 10: Chapter 21: Fall 2011 The Return of Odysseus I. The Odyssey of Homer II. Meeting Odysseus and Telemachus III. Odysseus’ Great Adventures IV. The Homecoming of Odysseus Ulysses (Odysseus) and the Sirens, Herbert James Draper, 1909
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The Odyssey of Homer More folktale patterns than the Iliad Ends happily, hence it was compared with comedy, not tragedy (The Iliad = tragic) Generally considered to be the second of Homer’s two poems, both chronologically and thematically (written down c. 750-700 BCE) The Iliad explores the limitations of a mortal as compared to a god The Odyssey further explores the differences between man and gods
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The Odyssey of Homer The Odyssey also explores what contributes to a man’s identity: his character, his achievements, his home, his wife and family Odysseus undergoes a journey filled with great adventures in order to come home The journey defines him, it symbolizes his search for himself Sometimes the journey itself is what matters Yet for Homer Odysseus’ full identity is not realized until he is in his proper place, his own bed in his own house with his own wife That is what it means for Odysseus to be Odysseus
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The Odyssey of Homer The plot begins after Odysseus has been away from his home on the island of Ithaca for 20 years 10 years to fight the Trojan War 10 more years of trying to get home No one knows what has happened to him 108 men have moved into Odysseus’ palace (the suitors), all wanting to marry his wife Penelope and become the new king They are eating his food and sleeping with his slave girls; they are violating xenia: [they are besieging his house: Penelope = Circe?]
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The Odyssey of Homer Just like the Iliad , the poem is divided in 24 books for the 24 letters in the Greek alphabet (probably not done by Homer) Every 4 books forms a unit, and the whole Odyssey is almost 6 connected poems of 4 books each (the Iliad not really structured this way) 12 books of wanderings and 12 on Ithaca, so the homecoming is as important as the journey to get there Homer does not arrange the first 12 books in chronological order (as Powell does in the textbook, but my lecture follows Homer)
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The Odyssey of Homer Books 1-4 tell the story of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, on Ithaca [Athena’s arrival] The suitors mock him and his mother’s authority, he feels his life is in danger He journeys to find news of his father, goes to see the Iliadic heroes Nestor and Menelaüs We learn of Menelaüs’ homecoming, experience the lingering tension in his marriage to Helen We come to know him as the worthy son of his father, just coming into his own Yet it is clear he will need his father’s help to restore order to his house [he is no Odysseus]
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The Odyssey of Homer Books 5-8 present Odysseus and the final stage of his journey home We meet him lonely and upset on the island of the sea nymph and goddess Calypso, where he
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2011 for the course CLA 10 taught by Professor Traill during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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Ch21Odyssey - Classics 10: Chapter 21: Fall 2011 The Return...

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