Posts Tagged by Rhapsody 19
|July 24, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under Homer commentary|
2017.07.24 | By Gregory Nagy
Rhapsody 19 is best known for a scene where Odysseus is recognized by his old nurse Eurykleia. She notices a tell-tale scar on his leg—the result of a wound that marks the moment in his youth when he was gored in a boar hunt. This scar can be seen as a sēma or ‘sign’ of the hero’s identity.
|December 1, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under Homer commentary|
2016.12.01 | By Gregory Nagy
The time has come for Achilles to re-enter the war against the Trojans. For this to happen, Agamemnon must first settle with Achilles. But the over-king feels the need to say more than simply to formulate his proposed terms of settlement. His aim is to excuse himself from responsibility for dishonoring Achilles, and the story that he tells in order to achieve this aim is a retelling of a cosmic atē ‘aberration’ that resulted in the Labors of Hēraklēs. Such a retelling, however, is destined to backfire: it will result in further damage to his own royal status and in further advancement for the heroic prestige of Achilles, for whom Hēraklēs now becomes a perfect model.