Allegories of the Odyssey

Allegories of the Odyssey - Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library

Hardback (29 Nov 2019) | English,Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

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Synopsis

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were central to the educational system of Byzantium, yet the religion and culture of the Homeric epics-even the ancient Greek language itself-had become almost unrecognizable to Byzantine Greek readers coming to the texts nearly two millennia later. The scholar, poet, and teacher John Tzetzes (ca. 1110-1180) joined the extensive tradition of interpreting Homer by producing his Allegories of the Iliad, dedicated to the foreign-born empress Eirene. Tzetzes later composed the Allegories of the Odyssey, a more advanced verse commentary, to explain Odysseus's journey and the pagan gods and marvels he encountered. Through historical allegory, the gods become ancient kings deified by the pagan poet; through astrological interpretation, they become planets whose positions and movements affect human life; through moral allegory Athena represents wisdom, Aphrodite desire. This edition presents the first translation of the Allegories of the Odyssey into any language.

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Harvard University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9780674238374
Publisher: Harvard
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 883.01
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English,Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Number of pages: cm
Weight: 470g
Height: 139mm
Width: 212mm
Spine width: 19mm