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Exam 3 – Odyssey Notes I. The Odyssey a. Books 1-4 (The Telemachy) i. ii. How do these episodes relate to the main theme of loss and recovery of self in the epic? iii. Explain some obvious structuralist oppositions iv. Discuss transgressions and proper observances of xenia 1. Here, both Nestor and Menelaus offer their guest a warm welcome even before they learn Telemachus’s identity. Homer also emphasizes how impressed Menelaus is with his guest’s discretion and tact (“Not even an older man could speak and do as well” [4.228]). This piety and respect for the social norms enforced by the gods contrasts sharply with the suitors’ careless plundering of Telemachus’s home in Ithaca in Books 1 and 2. While Telemachus strictly observes every divine law, the suitors carouse with wanton abandon, uninvited, in his home. While Telemachus impresses his hosts, the suitors plot to murder theirs. This exploration of the idea of hospitality thus provides a background against which the contrast between the suitors and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MYTH 215 taught by Professor Larson during the Fall '08 term at Bucknell.

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