The "Odyssey" Re-formed (Cornell Studies in Classical Philology)

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Frederick Ahl and Hanna M. Roisman believe that contemporary readers who do not know ancient Greek can gain a sophisticated grasp of the Odyssey if they are aware of some of the issues that intrigue and puzzle the experts. They offer a challenging new reading of the epic that is directed to the general student of literature as well as to the classicist.

Ahl and Roisman suggest that, while translators have served the Odyssey and its English-speaking readers remarkably well, the nonspecialist wishing to do a more detailed, critical reading of the epic faces a dilemma. The enormous scholarly literature makes few concessions to the nonspecialist, and those studies designed for general readers tend to offer variations on the overly simple, idealized readings of the epic common in high school and college survey courses.

The Odyssey Re-Formed offers a lively and detailed reading of the Odyssey, episode by episode, with particular attention paid to the manipulative power of its language and Homer's skill in using that power. The authors explore how myth is shaped for specific, rhetorical reasons and suggest ways in which the epic uses its audience's awareness of the varied pool of mythic traditions to give the Odyssey remarkable and subtle resonances that have profound poetic power.

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Frederick Ahl and Hanna M. Roisman believe that contemporary readers who do not know ancient Greek can gain a sophisticated grasp of the Odyssey if they are aware of some of the issues that intrigue and puzzle the experts. They offer a challenging new reading of the epic which is directed to the general student of literature as well as to the classicist. The "Odyssey" Re-Formed offers a lively and detailed reading of the Odyssey, episode by episode, with particular attention paid to the manipulative power of its language and Homer's skill in using that power. The authors explore how myth is shaped for specific, rhetorical reasons and suggest ways in which the epic uses its audience's awareness of the varied pool of mythic traditions to give the Odyssey remarkable and subtle resonances that have profound poetic power.

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Hanna Roisman is Arnold Bernhard Professor in Arts and Humanities and Professor of Classics at Colby College. Hanna has published numerous journal articles and book chapters focusing on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Hesiod's didactic epics, Greek Elegy, the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and Classics and Contemporary Film and TV. She is the author of Loyalty in Early Greek Epic and Tragedy, Nothing is As It Seems: The Tragedy of the Implicit in Euripides' Hippolytus, Sophocles: Philoctetes, and many other titles.



Frederick Ahl is Professor of Classics and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is the author of a number of books, including Lucan: An Introduction, Seneca: Three Tragedies, and Metaformations: Soundplay and Wordplay in Ovid and Other Classical Poets.

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