Odyssey

A sampling of comments on Odyssey Rhapsody 14

2017.06.29 / updated 2018.10.09 | By Gregory Nagy Now that he has finally returned to his homeland of Ithaca, Odysseus must accomplish another kind of return: he must be restored to kingship. Such a restoration, however, must start from the bottom up. The goddess Athena, his ultimate benefactor but occasional antagonist, has made Odysseus seem to be ‘base’ on the outside, hiding his inner moral nobility. Only those who are… Read more

A sampling of comments on Odyssey Rhapsody 13

2017.06.22 / updated 2018.10.08 | By Gregory Nagy The storytelling of Odysseus has come to an end, and he will now be sent home to Ithaca by his hosts, Alkinoos and the Phaeacians. Sailing through the night in a ship provided by king Alkinoos, Odysseus is in a deep sleep, which is compared to death itself. At the precise moment when the ship reaches the shores of his homeland, Ithaca,… Read more

A sampling of comments on Odyssey Rhapsody 11

2017.06.08 / updated 2018.10.08 | By Gregory Nagy The encounter of Odysseus with the seer Teiresias in Hādēs is a mystical experience that defines the hero of the Odyssey in a new way: Odysseus now learns that he will have a homecoming that leads to a most startling discovery of his own self as a cult hero in the making. [[GN 2017.06.08.]] Read more