Book 1: Athene visits Telemachus - quotes

begins in media res, so allows for ring-composition
'The past has once again given the key to the present' Rieu
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purpose of the proem: preface to a book or speech
shows the Odyssey's 'central narrative law is one of moral cause and effect: carelessness' RH
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purpose of Telemachia / the Telemachy
'Telemachus' story is the ultimate ancestor of what the Germans call the Bildungsroman, the novel which describes it's hero's growth and development' Clarke
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xenia
'Hospitality offers the opportunity for a demonstration of standing and for extending one's reputation' West
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Suitor's ignoring Athene
'major breach of Homeric hospitality etiquette' RH
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Zeus agrees to help Od per Athene's request
'reluctantly involved in the partisan politics of warfare' Clarke
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Poseidon taken advantage of
'Absence, whether voluntary or enforced, is important in Homer because power is dependant on presence and cannot be deployed from a distance' Clarke
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Athene giving Tele advice
'an extension of Odysseus' personality' Podlecki
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Athene as a bird
represents her 'sly take on divine intervention' Tsyknovska
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How the Telemachia links with father-son relationships
'a young man's search for the father who represents his own adult manhood' Podlecki
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Suitors tempting fate / the gods
'the Suitors are rebellious against order, contemptuous of man and nature (and the gods)' Clarke
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purpose of Agammemnon motif (x2)
'warning to Odysseus, an inspiration for Telemachus, and a vindication for Penelope' Clarke. 'it shapes the two great themes of the poem, love and justice' Clarke
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Penelope is unable to keep order in Ithaca
'indicates that she belongs to the real world and therefore cannot move outside the boundaries of the female role' Whittaker
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Odysseus' relationship with Athene
'Odysseus is unique among the Homeric heroes for having a female deity so obsessed with his welfare, and what is more, a female' Eye
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shows the Odyssey's 'central narrative law is one of moral cause and effect: carelessness' RH

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purpose of the proem: preface to a book or speech

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'Telemachus' story is the ultimate ancestor of what the Germans call the Bildungsroman, the novel which describes it's hero's growth and development' Clarke

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Card 4

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'Hospitality offers the opportunity for a demonstration of standing and for extending one's reputation' West

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'major breach of Homeric hospitality etiquette' RH

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