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Greek Mythology. Lecture 9: Nostoi. The wrath of Athena. Nostos = ‘return’, ‘homecoming’ Desecration of temple by little Ajax – anger of goddess. Painful voyage home Hom. Od . 3 Nostoi epitome (Proclus) Eur. Tro . Apd. Ep . 6.1 ff. The homecoming of Agamemnon.

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greek mythology

Greek Mythology

Lecture 9: Nostoi

the wrath of athena
The wrath of Athena

Nostos = ‘return’, ‘homecoming’

Desecration of temple by little Ajax – anger of goddess.

Painful voyage home

Hom. Od. 3

Nostoi epitome (Proclus)

Eur. Tro.

Apd. Ep. 6.1 ff

the homecoming of agamemnon
The homecoming of Agamemnon

Failed propitiation of Athena

Who killed him?

Aegisthus? (Hom. Od.)

Clytemnestra? (Aesch. Ag.)

Vengeance of Orestes

Hom. Od.

Nostoi epitome

Aesch. Choe.

Eur. El., Tro.

Soph. El.

the homecoming of menelaus
The homecoming of Menelaus

As a guest in Egypt: Hom. Od. 4

As violator of guest-friendship in Egypt: Hdt. 2

As fugitive from Egypt: Eur. Hel.

Afterlife in Isles of Blessed/Elysian Fields: Od. 4, Eur. Hel, Apd. Ep. 6.29

Life in Sparta: Eur. Or.

the odyssey
The Odyssey

Books 1-4: Telemachy

Book 5: Odysseus & Calypso

Book 6: Odysseus & Nausicaa

Books 7-8: At the court of Alcinous

Books 9-12: Apologoi

Book 13: Odysseus & Athena

Book 14: Eumaeus

Book 15: Return of Telemachus

Book 16: Reunion of Odysseus & Telemachus

Book 17-18: Inflitration of Palace

Book 19: Eurycleia

Books 20-22: Contest of Bow

Book 23: Reunion with Penelope

Book 24: Reunion with Laertes & battle

neoptolemus
Neoptolemus

As pious victim: Pind. Nem. 7

As impious slayer of Priam: Pind. Paean 6

As hubristic but heroic challenger of Apollo: Eur. Andr.

Debate: Apd. Ep. 6.12-14

meanings associations
Meanings/associations

Travel/colonisation

Hellenism

Home

Hubris