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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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What I intend this blog to be about

The plan is to talk about books– novels and short stories— read in the original language (where this is relevant) and to talk about them in detail. The tone is not one of literary criticism per se, but rather cultural … Continue reading

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