The Raft of Odysseus: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey

The Raft of Odysseus: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey

by Carol Dougherty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195130367

ISBN-13: 9780195130362

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus

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The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners—traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers—and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130362
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey3
ISetting Sail
1Ships and Song19
2Poetic Profit38
3Travel and Song61
IIPhaeacia, Gateway to the Ethnographic imagination
4A Brave New World81
5Phaeacians and Phoenicians: Overseas Trade102
6Phaeacians and Cyclopes: Overseas Settlement122
7Phaeacians and Euboeans: Greeks Overseas143
IIIHome at Last
8Odysseus Returned and Ithaca Re-founded161
Conclusion: From Raft to Bed177
Notes185
Bibliography223
Index237

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