The Raft of Odysseus: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homers Odyssey

Hardcover | March 15, 2001

byCarol Dougherty

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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 ininventive 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 tohave happened.

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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 ininventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fanta...

Carol Dougherty is at Wellesley College.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130367

ISBN - 13:9780195130362

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"This is a sparkling study of the Odyssey. It offers insightful interpretations of a series of passages from the poem (embracing at times Hesiod, Ibycus and more), while presenting also a much larger argument about the interplay of poetic discourse and archaic notions of the worldaround."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review