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The Making of the Odyssey

M. L. West


The book is a close study of the background, composition, and artistry of the Homeric Odyssey. Following a preliminary investigation of the traditions that lie behind the poem (the origins of the figure of Odysseus as a trickster figure, and his association with folk-tales such as those of the One-eyed Ogre and the Returning Husband), it is placed in its late seventh-century context in relation to the Iliad, other poetry of the time, and the contemporary world. A detailed portrait of the poet is drawn, showing him to be a flawed genius, wonderfully inventive and imaginative but slapdash, often ... More

Keywords: Odyssey, Iliad, Odysseus, Trickster, Returning Husband

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. L. West, author
All Souls College, University of Oxford

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