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The Odyssey So Far. Brought to you by Ben Schultz. What Do We Know?. By Homer Blind Poet – his job was to tell stories What stories are popular? . What Do We Know?. Well, its about the Greeks It’s a “National Epic” AKA, it brings in many different Greek groups and their neighbors.

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the odyssey so far

The Odyssey So Far

Brought to you by Ben Schultz

what do we know
What Do We Know?
  • By Homer
  • Blind Poet – his job was to tell stories
  • What stories are popular?
what do we know1
What Do We Know?
  • Well, its about the Greeks
  • It’s a “National Epic”
    • AKA, it brings in many different Greek groups and their neighbors
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Remember – many of these figures were KNOWN either literally or by reputation by the people who were hearing the stories
what s important
What’s Important?
  • Family, Family, Family
  • National Pride
what s important1
What’s Important
  • Personal Strength and Honor
  • The lives of those less than you
who are our characters
Who are our Characters?
  • Odysseus – Obviously very important, but absent from the text – his absence leaves a “void” that other characters try and fill
    • Telemachus
    • Suitors
who are our characters1
Who are our Characters?
  • Penelope
    • Faithful wife
    • For the Greeks a woman’s

place is in the home at

the “hearth”

    • Weaving: perfect grieving

activity

who are our characters2
Who are our Characters?
  • Telemachus
    • The Son
    • Trying to be a hero – without

the father it is difficult

    • Also doesn’t know exactly

HOW to go about heroism

(again – Odysseus’ absence is

huge)

who are our characters3
Who are our Characters?
  • Poseidon
    • Sets himself AGAINST Odysseus
    • The Sea is important to the Greeks, but also a good symbol of the chaos Nature can bring
  • Athena
    • Goddess of Wisdom
    • Wisdom/Intelligence seeks to put the world BACK together
so what has happened
So What Has Happened?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_v-LSVERQ

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