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February 6 th , 2008 Humanities week 5 lecture 2 Odysseus, Hero of Deceit I. Hero of the Ambush a. Achilles accuses Agamamnon of being a coward. Il. I. 225-228 o Spear Fight Relies on speed, skill strength, and courage Opponents meet on equal footing, (open field). Retreat is possibility, (shameful?) o Ambush Requires cunning, dissimulation, make landscape appear safe despite dangers that lurk there Advanced planning, calculations, foresee victims choices and actions. Ambush, no route of escape Withstand physical discomfort of hiding and psychological distress of waiting Enables a weaker man to destroy a stronger foe Odysseus = master of ambush Epithets of Odysseus o Descriptive adjectives used to describe Gods o He has specific adjectives used with main heroes o Epithets express idea of cunning and endurance, of Odysseus’ character o Homer relies on these epithets as characterizing his most important heros o Cunning: Many-minded, much-contriving, much-thinking, intricate-
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