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The Raft of Odysseus

The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey

The Raft of Odysseus by Carol 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 in inventive 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 to have happened.
Oxford University Press; April 2001
254 pages; ISBN 9780195351453
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Title: The Raft of Odysseus
Author: Carol Dougherty
 
ISBNs
0195351452
9780195130362
9780195351453