By Irene J. F. de Jong

ISBN-10: 0521468442

ISBN-13: 9780521468442

Complete commentaries at the Homeric texts abound, yet this remark concentrates on one significant element of the Odyssey--its narrative artwork. The function of narrator and narratees, tools of characterization and surroundings description, and the improvement of the plot are mentioned. The examine goals to augment our knowing of this masterpiece of eu literature. All Greek references are translated and technical phrases are defined in a thesaurus. it really is directed at scholars and students of Greek literature and comparative literature.

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44–8). She does not dress like a female, but puts on the same ‘magic’ sandals as Hermes (cf. 44–6) and, just as Hermes takes along his magic wand, she takes with her her spear. This is her attribute when she arms herself in martial contexts (cf. Il. 389–91). In the present, peaceful context it suits the male character she will be impersonating; cf. the explicit mention in 104, 121, and 127–9. The ominous overtones of the description of the spear also alert the narratees to the fact that her rousing of Telemachus is the first step on the road towards Odysseus’ revenge, which will take the form of a battle; cf.

184–7; Il. 374–5. 217–20 For the combination of hope and resignation, cf. 158–68n. By the end of the Odyssey the narratees know that, in fact, Telemachus is the son of a blessed man, who will grow old among his possessions (cf. 134–7) and is not the most unfortunate of all mortals (cf. Introduction). 224–9 Exploiting her assumed status as an ignorant outsider, Athena asks Telemachus what feast is going on in the palace. As a goddess, she already knows the answer (cf. 91–2), but her purpose is to make the boy go on talking about the Suitors; for the technique of suggestive questions, cf.

59 For Odysseus becoming so despondent as to wish to die, cf. 49–52 and 496–9. 59–62 Athena’s three final questions31 are an indirect reproach: Zeus is not behaving justly towards pious Odysseus. At the same time, her questions are a rhetorical trick: of course, she knows that it is Poseidon, not Zeus, who is responsible for Odysseus’ plight. 95–8. 28 30 31 32 29 Scholion ad 47. Rank (1951: 51–2). Austin (1975: 138–9), Apthorp (1980: 12–13), Rutherford (1986: 146, n. 6), and Crane (1988: 42–4). In view of the similar structure of the three cola, it seems better to read a question mark after ‘OlÊmpie in 60 (with Von der Mühll and Van Thiel) instead of a full stop (Allen).

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