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3-30-11 - Homer ~725 BCE Language Divergent opinions on the...

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Homer ~725 BCE? Language Divergent opinions on the nature of Homeric poetry - Author or tradition of weaving? - Stitcher of previous stories or innovator? - Or both? Divergent versions
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The Introduction: Book 1 Who speaks? What does the poet ask for? (what does the poet think he is going to get?) - What differences are there between the poet and the Muse's versions of the Odyssey?
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Term Xenia - Xenos: means 'friend' and 'stranger' - Drives much of the action in the first three books, important in the whole of the Odyssey - The appropriate relationship and responsibilities between host and guest in a social situation (as it pertains to old friends or strangers) - Examples: Telemachus at Nestor's (3.76) Athena/Mentes at Telemachus' (1.135) - A bad example The suitors at Telemachus' (a bad example)
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Olympus: Book 1 The Muse's narrative strategy at the beginning - Reveal little by little: Odysseus, Calypso, Poseidon, Aegisthus Zeus on Aegisthus (1.38) - Why is this the first we hear from Zeus?
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