Lecture 04 - The phaiakians contrast with the war of troy...

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The phaiakians contrast with the war of troy and with the war against the suitors, that being odysseus’ return to ithaka. They are a middle ground. The phaiakians had lived next to the Cyclops. The Cyclops are undercivilized, the phaiakians are overcivilized. To remain with the phaiakians would take away odysseus’ heroism. The reuniting of families (like Agamemnon) are used as allusions. Ithaka has been made strange to odysseus by the 108 suitors. Helen describes him as a beggar infiltrating the city of troy. She then bathes him. Then later he is disguised as a beggar and then slips into ithaka and bathed by his old nurse. There is another bathing episode in scheria. Odysseus is insulted in both places, phaiakians and in scheria. In both cases, he defeats his competitors and gets the girl (although naussika isn’t really his girl, and Penelope is –his wife-). The song of aries (sp) and Aphrodite, book 8. If the poem was removed, the odyssey would be weakened structurally. The relationship
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Lecture 04 - The phaiakians contrast with the war of troy...

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