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The Ethics of Revenge and the Meanings of the Odyssey

Alexander C. Loney


This book is the first in-depth examination of revenge in the Odyssey. The principal revenge plot of the Odyssey—Odysseus’ surprise return to Ithaca after twenty years away and his vengeance on Penelope’s suitors—is the act for which he is most celebrated. This story forms the backbone of the Odyssey. But is Odysseus’ triumph over the suitors as univocally celebratory as is often assumed? Does the poem contain and even suggest other, darker interpretations of Odysseus’ greatest achievement? This book offers a careful analysis of several other revenge plots in the Odyssey—those of Orestes, Pose ... More

Keywords: Odyssey, Odysseus, revenge, narrative, plot, ethics, Homer, justice, irony, tisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander C. Loney, author
Associate Professor of Classical Languages, Wheaton College