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Zeus in the Odyssey

Zeus in the Odyssey

J. Marks

ISBN 9780674028128

Publication date: 11/30/2008

This book makes the case that the plot of the Odyssey is represented within the narrative as a plan of Zeus, Dios boulē, 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’s return, and on long-standing problems of interpretation.


  • J. Marks is an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Florida.

Book Details

  • 183 pages
  • 0-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 9 inches
  • Center for Hellenic Studies