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One of the special charms of the Odyssey, according to Charles Segal, is the way it transports readers to fascinating places. Yet despite the appeal of its narrative, the Odyssey is fully understood only when its style, design, and mythical patterns are taken into account as well. Bringing a new richness to interpretation of this epic, Segal looks closely at key forms of social and personal organization which Odysseus encounters in his voyages. Segal also considers such topics as the relationship between bard and audience, the implications of the Odyssey's self-consciousness about its own poetics, and Homer's treatment of the nature of poetry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801487262
ISBN-10: 0801487269
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Charles Segal

Charles Segal (1936-2002) taught classics at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Princeton University, and Harvard University, where he was Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics. He also held held visiting professorships at Columbia University, Brandeis University, the University of Melbourne, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, and the Ecole Normale Superieure. Among his many books are Interpreting Greek Tragedy: Myth, Poetry, Text and Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the "Odyssey", both published by Cornell University Press.

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