Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the "odyssey"

Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the
Published:
March 1st 2001 by Cornell University Press
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Goodreads Rating:
5.00
Pages:
264
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ISBN10:
0801487269
ISBN13:
9780801487262

One of the special charms of the Odyssey, according to Charles Segal, is the way it transports readers to fascinating places.

Yet despite the appeal of its narrative, the Odyssey is fully understood only when its style, design, and mythical patterns are taken into account as well. Bringing a new richness to interpretation of this epic, Segal looks closely at key forms of social and personal organization which Odysseus encounters in his voyages. Segal also considers such topics as the relationship between bard and audience, the implications of the Odyssey's self-consciousness about its own poetics, and Homer's treatment of the nature of poetry.