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The Odyssey: An Introduction

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Transcript of The Odyssey: An Introduction

An Introduction The Odyssey Homer: Epic Poet Gods and Goddesses MOUNT OLYMPUS
Home of the Gods Epic a long narrative poem that embodies the values of its civilization A world where...
Gods control all.
Fate is predetermined.
Gods are imperfect. ZEUS: the most powerful god Hera: goddess of marriage; Zeus's wife
Athena: goddess of wisdom, war, and peace; daughter of Zeus
Apollo: god of poetry, music, prophecy,
Aphrodite: goddess of beauty and love
Demeter: goddess of nature, Zeus's sister Hermes: messenger god; son of Zeus and a mortal woman
Artemis: goddess of the hunt; Zeus's daughter
Ares: god of war; son of Zeus and Hera
Poseidon: god of the sea; Zeus's brother Characteristics of the Epic A long narrative poem that tells about the adventures of a hero.
Tell about the values of a culture or civilization (in this case ancient Greece).
In media res
Muses
Male hero
Vast setting
Supernatural
Elevated style
Epithets
Similes The Iliad, An Epic of War Epics were performed by rhapsodes,
or travelling poets (i.e. Homer):
they were "ancient movies" The world's most beautiful woman, Helen, abandoned her husband, Menelaus, a Greek king, and ran off with Paris, a prince of Troy. WAR 1000 ships Troy Trojan
Horse THE UNDERWORLD
Home of Hades led by Agamemnon, Menelaus's brother Odysseus ~850 BC Divine Intervention the Gods may help or hurt you ANCIENT PATRIARCHY NO LOVE
10 YEARS OF BLOODSHED Would you go to war for her? Zeus's
brother "the grey-eyed goddess" (Athena)
"clear-headed Telemachus"
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