Homeric songs: final exam
ANSWER "A," "B," OR "C" BELOW (choice of Paris?)
Even though you know how it ends, we still haven't solved the mystery of the Odyssey, have we? We have the dead body (lots of dead bodies, actually). But why did Odysseus die, and when and how?
Homer leaves lots of clues, but even brilliant Odysseus hasn't solved the case! What about Teiresias' prophecy? Teiresias was a genius, but did he really know Odysseus' fate?
This is a tough one. Good luck on your exam. No, I'm not giving any more hints.
Write a story line for a novel and/or movie that uses as many Homeric themes, ideas and overtones as possible along the lines of either (1) an American cowboy western or (2) a horror story involving return of the dead.
Provide at least a rough sketch of the plot, including the major scenes that you would emphasize, and descriptions of the most important characters.
does Homer mean by "hero"? How is the modern word different? How is it
the same? What do your answers to these questions suggest to you about modern
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