Well, by now I hope you are enjoying the Odyssey; it is certainly very different from the Iliad, I am sure you will agree. Please have read by your classtime this week:
If appropriate, once again refer to the section of the introductory notes relating to the Odyssey.
Keep the larger questions from last time still in mind, but consider these as well:
So...what does it all mean? What is identity here? What is the relationship between identity and survival — and again, how does this tie in to kleos and nostos?
What kind of hero do we see emerging here? Is this different from the hero of the Iliad? When you consider heroes — and we will see a lot of them throughout this course, consider in particular:
The Odyssey surely jumps from one situation to another a great deal. In scene-setting, at least, it is quite episodic. Is it similarly episodic in terms of its plot, or is that a unified whole?
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