Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Odyssey: more on Book 1 lines 32-112 from line 63

I’ve been fairly swamped with other things of late and so have not finished going through Book 1 in the level of detail I want. The remainder of the book does seem logically a single unit and so I want … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 32-112

This section is the first real scene of the story. On Mt. Olympus, the traditional home of the Greek gods, Athena is addressing Zeus. (The Wikipedia page linked for Zeus is mostly accurate except for the equating of the modern … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 11-31

This portion serves as a transition from the summary of the invocation to the first major scene. While in a sense, this is also a summary passage, it does begin more fully to paint the scene. We very much get … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1, the invocation

Book 1 opens with an invocation of the Muse. Specifically, Homer would be invoking Calliope. For the audience, this serves to identify which story is being told, as well as setting the scene. Normally, I’m not going to go through … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Odyssey (Part 4): setting the scene

This last portion of my introduction to the Odyssey sets the scene of the story told in the Odyssey. The purpose here is to equip the reader to understand what is going on. The description is of course primarily my … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Odyssey (Part 3): Greek religion and the Homeric epics

The purpose of this third and penultimate part of my introduction to the Odyssey focuses on how an ancient Greek and a modern reader can understand the portions of the Iliad and the Odyssey portraying gods and goddesses. Namely, one … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Odyssey (Part 2): Homer and the origin of the epics

The third and the final parts of this introduction will respectively discuss Greek religion (for which one is largely referred to Burkert for actual practice and attitudes) and the story of the Odyssey as a whole, at least enough to … Continue reading

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