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Reading Homer's Odyssey

Author: Kostas Myrsiades
Publisher: Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Homer's Odyssey is the first great travel narrative in Western culture. A compelling tale about the consequences of war, redemption, transformation, and the search for home, the Odyssey continues to be studied in universities and schools, and to be read and referred to by ordinary readers. Reading Homer's Odyssey offers a book-by-book commentary on the epic's themes that informs the non-specialist and engages the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Informational works
Criticism
Named Person: Homer.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kostas Myrsiades
ISBN: 9781684481361 1684481368 1684481317 9781684481316
OCLC Number: 1059248826
Description: xiv, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: From Ithaca to Wonderland --
Telemachus' journey (Od. 1-4) --
Odysseus from Calypso to the Phaeacians (Od. 5-8) --
Odysseus' wanderings (Od. 9-12) --
From Wonderland to Ithaca --
Odysseus and Telemachus at Eumaeus' hut (Od. 13-16) --
Odysseus and Telemachus strategize at the palace (Od. 17-20) --
Revenge, reunion, and reconciliation (Od. 21-24).
Responsibility: Kostas Myrsiades.

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"An eloquently erudite and insightful analysis of one of the world's most famous works of literature from Ancient Greece."--Midwest Book Review "Recommended." --Choice "The book is a great pleasure Read more...

 
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