By this point, Homer has brought us up to date, and the remainder of the story is told straightforwardly in chronological order. Having listened with rapt attention to his story, the Phaeacians agree to help Odysseus get home, and they finally deliver him one night to a hidden harbour on his home island of Ithaca. Disguised as a wandering beggar and telling a fictitious tale of himself, Odysseus learns from a local swineherd how things stand in his household.
With more help from Athena, an archery competition is arranged by Penelope for the suitors, which the disguised Odysseus easily wins, and he then promptly slaughters all the other suitors. Only now does Odysseus reveal and prove his true identity to his wife and to his old father, Laertes. Despite the fact that Odysseus has effectively killed two generations of the men of Ithaca the shipwrecked sailors and the executed suitors , Athena intervenes one last time and finally Ithaca is at peace once more.
It is written in Homeric Greek an archaic version of Ionic Greek, with admixtures from certain other dialects such as Aeolic Greek , and comprises 12, lines of dactylic hexameter verse , usually divided up into 24 books. The epithets, as well as repeated background stories and longer epic similes, are common techniques in the oral tradition, designed to make the job of the singer-poet a little easier, as well as to remind the audience of important background information.
It employs the seemingly modern idea later imitated by many other authors of literary epics of starting the plot at what is chronologically towards the end of the overall story, and describing prior events through flashbacks or storytelling.
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This is appropriate, however, as Homer was elaborating on a story which would have been very familiar to his listeners, and there was little likelihood of his audience being confused, despite the numerous sub-plots. The character of Odysseus embodies many of the ideals the ancient Greeks aspired to: manly valour, loyalty, piety and intelligence. His intelligence is a mix of keen observation, instinct and street smarts, and he is a fast, inventive liar, but also extremely cautious.
However, he is also portrayed as very human — he makes mistakes, gets into tricky situations, loses his temper and is often moved to tears — and we see him in many roles as a husband, father and son, but also as an athlete, army captain, sailor, carpenter, storyteller, ragged beggar, lover, etc. Class of ' Welcome to Odyssey! Our Mission: The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a c 3 nonprofit organization with the mission to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work.
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