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By Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth

ISBN-10: 0198147473

ISBN-13: 9780198147473

This 1st e-book of a statement compiled by means of a global workforce of students comprises an creation discussing past study at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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3 M. Parry, HSPh xliii (1932), 9-12 ( = Homeric Verse, 331-3). e. is notionally present in order to provide correct metre) and sometimes neglected. O n the other hand, if metre w e r e not affected, there was no reason why Kunstsprache and vern acu­ lar should not evolve pari passu: the Ionic r j< a is (discounting forms classed as Atticisms) universal in words and forms that occurred, as we may judge, in contem porary Ionic. * As the idiom o f the aoiSoi the Kunstsprache had, like any other form of language, its own internal dynamism: but whereas anomalous innovations tend to be rejected by the vernaculars, in a tradition that evoked the heroic world by its exotic language anomalies were protected by their very oddity.

Y et we can also see how he manages to convey the simultaneity o f two separate strands of events: through the assembly o f the gods at the beginning o f the Odyssey we are prepared for imminent action in O gygia, and this expectation remains while we hear o f the events in Ithaca and accom pany Telem achus on his journey to Pylos and Sparta. Nor are we disappointed, for at the moment when the son is persuaded by the allure o f royal splendour and hospitality to stay on there in idleness the gods take action again and put their plan into operation.

Yet it is not by chance that, along with this disillusioned and pessimistic view o f man and his situation, which later found its full expression in early Greek lyric poetry, there is also reconciliation and solace. In our epic all the toil and suffering comes to a happy end; Odysseus, reaching the Phaeacians at the nadir o f his fortunes, recovers his strength; in Ithaca the destroyers o f a time-honoured order get their deserts, while those who are loyal and god-fearing are rewarded. ‘Eunom ia’, the condition under which everyone has his appointed place and follows his daily life in peace and security, spreads bright happiness over the land.

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