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The Odyssey

Building Context

Amy E. Counts

on 2 December 2014

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The Odyssey

1. ( italics ) an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
2. ( often lowercase ) a long series of wanderings or adventures, esp. when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.
but first . . .
there was Helen of Troy
Daughter of Zeus
Married to Menalaus
of Ancient Sparta
Gift to Paris after he
ruled that Aphrodite
was the most beautiful
What do we consider beautiful today?
troy, 2004
Christopher Marlowe - Shakespeare's Rival

Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,
And all is dross that is not Helena.
I will be Paris, and for love of thee,
Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack'd;
And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
And then return to Helen for a kiss.
O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
More lovely than the monarch of the sky
In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
And none but thou shalt be my paramour!
call to war
Agamemnon and
called on all the
kings of Achaean
key players for Greece
10 years later,
the Greeks sacked Troy
trojan horse
The gods' reactions - angry over the destruction of their temples and other sacrilegious acts
fate: most of them would not return home
did it really happen?
Heinrich Schliemann
Mycenae - Agamennon's Kingdom - model
troy excavations
He smuggled the treasure out of Turkey.
Today, the ownership of this treasure is part of an international dispute.
7 years with Calypso
The muses
Court of King Alcinuous
Flashback - 10 years
Coast of Cicones
the protagonist
the main character
Armande Assante
1997, TV
Arnold Vosloo
Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld
Hercules, 1997
9 daughters of Zeus
inspire intellectual pursuits and the arts
Zeus: ruler of the gods
Athena: goddess of wisdom
Hermes: Messenger of the gods
Poseidon: enemy of Odysseus
roman name: King Neptune
Calypso: sea nymph
Pirates of the Caribbean: dead man's Chest
the lotus eaters
Helios: God of the Sun
dwarf elefant skull
birth abnormality
Witch of Circe
the underworld
the Sirens
between a rock and
a hard place
Describe the longest journey or trip you have ever been on.
The Simpson's Movie Trailer
Penny from Lost:
Desmond lost for many years on the island
Define journey.
Is it the journey or the destination?
Sinbad, 2003
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2000
Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, 2011
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The lightening Thief, 2010

You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever,
But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.

And the colors of the sea blind your eyes with trembling mermaids,
And you touch the distant beaches with tales of brave Ulysses:
How his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing,
For the sparkling waves are calling you to kiss their white laced lips.

And you see a girl's brown body dancing through the turquoise,
And her footprints make you follow where the sky loves the sea.
And when your fingers find her, she drowns you in her body,
Carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind.

The tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers,
And you want to take her with you to the hard land of the river.

Her name is Aphrodite and she rides a crimson shell,
And you know you cannot leave her for you touched the distant sands
With tales of brave Ulysses; how his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing.

The tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers,
And you want to take her with you to the hard land of the winter.
Tales of Great Ulysses
by Eric Clapton
Hector vs. Achilles
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