By Jasper Griffin
This convenient advisor to The Odyssey introduces scholars to a textual content which has been primary to literature for almost 3,000 years. offering a precis of the poem and analyzing its constitution, Jasper Griffin in actual fact outlines the team spirit, values and strategies of the poem, in addition to the explanations for its longstanding allure. scholars will observe the basic subject matters of loyalty and betrayal, and should be guided during the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, as well as a priceless advisor to extra studying. First version Hb (1987): 0-521-32804-7 First variation Pb (1987): 0-521-31043-1
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While Odysseus sleeps, his sailors open the bag: they are blown back to Aeolus, who refuses to have any more to do with them. They come to the Laestrygonians, who turn out to be ogres and destroy eleven of the ships with their crews. The surviving ship comes to the island of Circe, who turns some of the sailors into pigs but is subdued by Odysseus. After a year of love, the hero asks to leave: Circe tells him he must first visit the dead and get instructions from the dead prophet Tiresias. Book 11 They call up the dead in a sinister and remote spot.
Odysseus reveals his identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius. All the Suitors fail except Antinous, who postpones his turn. Odysseus succeeds, over their opposition, in getting hold of the bow, Penelope being sent away from the hall; he strings it and shoots through the axes. Book 22 Odysseus shoots Antinous and reveals himself to the astonished Suitors. With Telemachus, Eumaeus and Philoetius he begins to destroy them. Melanthius brings some of the suits of armour back to 38 THE ODYSSEY the Suitors, but he is caught in the act.
Very different, in important respects, is the position implied by a huge poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey. A singer who embarks on a song of such a size is evidently not expecting to be interrupted. We do not meet Odysseus until Book Five, that is until more than two thousand lines have passed; he does not reach Ithaca until Book Thirteen. To stop in the middle would be to miss the point altogether, and the singer, not the audience, is now in control. These poems both have a definite structure with a beginning and an end, and their creator must have envisaged their being performed, not just piecemeal, but as connected wholes.
A Student Guide for Homer: The Odyssey by Jasper Griffin