The Raft of Odysseus

The Raft of Odysseus : The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey

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The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners-traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers-and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened. In the course of her argument, Dougherty makes liberal use of what we know about Mycenean and archaic artifacts, comparing the realities of historical shipbuilding or weaving, for example, with the often magnificently inflated account of the more

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  • Hardback | 253 pages
  • 158 x 228 x 26mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • small amount of halftones, 1 line illustration
  • 0195130367
  • 9780195130362
  • 1,456,270

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This is a sparkling study of the Odyssey * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * The Introduction shows the breadth of Dougherty's argument, which itself traverses an extensive terrain for a book of a size that encourages the reader * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * some very good discussion, particularly of the relationships between issues of colonization and poetic imagination * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * A great virtue of Dougherty's book is that it not only offers possible answers but also encourages a range of further questions * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *show more

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