By Irene J. F. de Jong
Accomplished commentaries at the Homeric texts abound, yet this observation concentrates on one significant element of the Odyssey--its narrative paintings. The position of narrator and narratees, tools of characterization and surroundings description, and the advance 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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358–9; and cf. 344–53, when Phemius begs Odysseus to spare his life (cf. oÈ . . 353). 143–52). 156–318 The conversation between Athena and Telemachus51 is a typical example of the kind of intimate conversation we so often ﬁnd in the Odyssey; cf. Intro to 19. The frequent use of deictic pronouns, which suggest gestures (¥d’: 185, ˜d’: 225, 232, tãde: 226), lends it an air of drama; cf. 221–440nn. The structure of the conversation is as follows: Telemachus A B C Athena C’ 50 51 (excuse) I hope you don’t blame me for what I want to say (158).
Patr≈Ûoi picks up patr≈Ûow . . je›now of 175–6) I am convinced Odysseus is still alive and will come back (196–205). (transitional formula) But tell me this (206), whether you are really Odysseus’ son (207–12)? (instead of picking up the point of the Suitors, Athena ﬁrst asks a suggestive question) (opening formula) All right, I will tell you (214). My mother says so, but I do not know (215–16). I wish I were the son of a blessed man, but in fact they say I was born out of the most unfortunate mortal there was ever born (217–20).
Introduction to 22), and the threshold of the megaron (Odysseus’ station both as a beggar and as an avenger; cf. ). , where the disguised Odysseus himself describes his palace. 106–12 Arriving at his destination, the Homeric visitor ﬁnds – and focalizes (cf. 42 Here we have a – unique – variant (Athena ﬁnds not Telemachus, but the Suitors), which immediately brings home what is wrong in Odysseus’ household: the Suitors are in a place where Telemachus should be. The activities engaged in by the persons found often characterize them or are contextually signiﬁcant; cf.
A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey by Irene J. F. de Jong