Zeus in the Odyssey

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Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 175 pages
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This book makes the case that the plot of the Odyssey is represented within the narrative as a plan of Zeus, Dios boul√™, that serves as a guide for the performing poet and as a hermeneutic for the audience. Through occasional participation in events and pervasive influence, the character of Zeus maintains thematic unity as the narrative moves through a mass of potential narrative paths for Odysseus that was already dense and conflicting at the time the Odyssey was taking shape. The ‚eoeZeus-centric‚e reading proposed here offers fresh perspectives on the tenor of interactions among the Odyssey‚e(tm)s characters, on the relationships among traditional accounts of Odysseus‚e(tm) return, and on long-standing problems of interpretation.

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Chapter One Oresteia and Odyssey
Chapter Two Ogygie to Ithake
Chapter Three The Ends of the Odyssey

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?J. Marks is an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Florida.

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