By Irene J. F. de Jong
Complete commentaries at the Homeric texts abound, yet this observation concentrates on one significant point of the Odyssey--its narrative paintings. The position of narrator and narratees, equipment of characterization and surroundings description, and the advance of the plot are mentioned. The examine goals to reinforce our realizing of this masterpiece of ecu literature. All Greek references are translated and technical phrases are defined in a word list. it truly is directed at scholars and students of Greek literature and comparative literature.
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The function of these epiphanies is to encourage the mortal visited; he is given to understand that he has in fact been talking with a god. They are often accompanied by a physical stimulus (cf. Il. 60–1); here Athena not only gives Telemachus ‘power and courage’ (cf. her announcement in 89), but also reminds him of his father ‘even more than before’, a reference to the beginning of their meeting, when she found him daydreaming about his father (114–17). Telemachus’ reaction to Athena’s epiphany is typical: he is ‘amazed’ (yãmbhsen; cf.
433–6), let alone be bathed. 319–24 The meeting between a god and a mortal sometimes ends with an epiphany, the god moving away like a bird; cf. 371–3 and Il. 62–5. The precise ontological status of these and other divine ‘bird’ scenes (cf. 69 In the present 68 69 Dirlmeier (1966), Hölscher (1989: 67–72), and Rohdich (1990). Müller (1966: 142–3), Dirlmeier (1967), Bannert (1978, 1988: 58–63), Erbse (1980), Bushnell (1982), Schnapp-Gourbeillon (1981: 185–90), and Dietrich (1983: 57–9). 371–2 a metamorphosis, while di°ptato, literally ‘she ﬂew’ or metaphorically ‘she sped’ (cf.
178–82) make clear that Telemachus’ trip is indeed a heroic enterprise; it takes courage to face the dangers of the sea and to address famous heroes. Athena will also predict kleos for Telemachus when he kills the Suitors (298–305). This promise is all the more welcome since Telemachus complains that due to the unheroic death of his father, he is deprived of kleos (237–41; cf. 67–71). 96–324 The arrival of a ‘stranger’ is a common motif to set the action into motion; cf. the arrival of Chryses in Il.
A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey by Irene J. F. de Jong