Cover: Zeus in the <i>Odyssey</i>, from Harvard University PressCover: Zeus in the <i>Odyssey</i> in PAPERBACK

Hellenic Studies Series 31

Zeus in the Odyssey

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$16.95 • £13.95 • €15.30

ISBN 9780674028128

Publication: November 2008


183 pages

5-1/2 x 9 inches

Center for Hellenic Studies > Hellenic Studies Series

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This book makes the case that the plot of the Odyssey is represented within the narrative as a plan of Zeus, Dios boulê, that serves as a guide for the performing poet and as a hermeneutic for the audience. Through occasional participation in events and pervasive influence, the character of Zeus maintains thematic unity as the narrative moves through a mass of potential narrative paths for Odysseus that was already dense and conflicting at the time the Odyssey was taking shape. The “Zeus-centric” reading proposed here offers fresh perspectives on the tenor of interactions among the Odyssey’s characters, on the relationships among traditional accounts of Odysseus’ return, and on long-standing problems of interpretation.