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The Limits of Heroism: Homer and the Ethics of Reading

University of Michigan Press (2004)

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  1. The Fantastic Phaeacians: Dance and Disruption in the Odyssey.Sarah Olsen - 2017 - Classical Antiquity 36 (1):1-32.
    This article analyzes the descriptions of both choral and individualized dance in Odyssey 8, focusing on the unique and disruptive qualities of the virtuosic paired performance of the Phaeacian princes Halius and Laodamas. I explore how this dance is particularly emblematic of Phaeacian culture, and show how the description of dance and movement operates as a means by which Odysseus and Alcinous competitively negotiate their relative positions of status and authority within the poem. I further argue that the Homeric poet (...)
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  • The Authority of Telemachus.A. Gottesman - 2014 - Classical Antiquity 33 (1):31-60.
    The role of Telemachus in the Odyssey is a perennial puzzle. This paper argues that Telemachus must reconstruct authority in Ithaca in order to present the death of the suitors as a lawful execution rather than as an extra-legal murder. This is part of the Odyssey's strategy to exonerate Odysseus from any possible blame. The job falls to Telemachus because in the Odyssey authority is premised on personal relationships, and the suitors simply do not know Odysseus. The construction of authority (...)
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