Of Odysseys and Oddities

Scales and Modes of Interaction Between Prehistoric Aegean Societies and their Neighbours

Author: Barry Molloy

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1785702327

Category: History

Page: 400

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Of Odysses and Oddities is about scales and modes of interaction in prehistory, specifically between societies on both sides of the Aegean and with their nearest neighbours overland to the north and east. The 17 contributions reflect on tensions at the core of how we consider interaction in archaeology, particularly the motivations and mechanisms leading to social and material encounters or displacements. Linked to this are the ways we conceptualise spatial and social entities in past societies (scales) and how we learn about who was actively engaged in interaction and how and why they were (modes). The papers provide a broad chronological, spatial and material range but, taken together, they critically address many of the ways that scales and modes of interaction are considered in archaeological discourse. Ultimately, the intention is to foreground material culture analysis in the development of the arguments presented within this volume, informed, but not driven, by theoretical positions.

Warfare in Bronze Age Society

Author: Christian Horn,Kristian Kristiansen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107185564

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2979

The Bronze Age represents the global emergence of a militarized society with a martial culture that constructed the warrior as a 'Hero' and warfare as 'Heroic'. The book takes a fresh look at warfare and its role in reshaping Bronze Age society from the Mediterranean to northern Europe.

Odysseys and Oddities

A "tarpaulin Muster" of Seagoing Facts and Whimsicalities by a Man who Has Tasted Adventure and Swallowed Romance

Author: Frank Hubert Shaw

Publisher: London : S. Low, Marston


Category: Seafaring life

Page: 280

View: 7272


People and Themes in Homer's Odyssey

Author: Agathe Thornton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317694627

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

View: 9804

Published in 1970, this important work interprets the poem with a focus on the idiosyncrasies of its originally oral composition. In part I, the main themes of the Odyssey such as ‘guest-friendship’ and ‘testing’ are investigated. The incorporation of these and other themes, such as ‘omens’ and the ‘homecomings of the Achaeans’, into the dramatic construction of the whole epic is also examined. In Part II, the main characters of the Odyssey are described: the Suitors, Telemachus, Odysseus and Penelope. So too are Theoclymenus and Laertes, whom traditional criticism has maligned or disregarded. The analysis of the characters tries to illumine features which are challenging for the contemporary reader. In the conclusion, the ‘plan’ of the Odyssey is reconstructed. The author argues that it would probably have been performed over the course of three days: two sessions each day, with each recitation maintaining its own artistic unity.

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

Author: Dennis Ronald MacDonald,Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Dennis R MacDonald

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300080124

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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In this groundbreaking book, Dennis R. MacDonald offers an entirely new view of the New Testament gospel of Mark. The author of the earliest gospel was not writing history, nor was he merely recording tradition, MacDonald argues. Close reading and careful analysis show that Mark borrowed extensively from the Odyssey and the Iliad and that he wanted his readers to recognise the Homeric antecedents in Mark's story of Jesus. Mark was composing a prose anti-epic, MacDonald says, presenting Jesus as a suffering hero modeled after but far superior to traditional Greek heroes. Much like Odysseus, Mark's Jesus sails the seas with uncomprehending companions, encounters preternatural opponents, and suffers many things before confronting rivals who have made his house a den of thieves. In his death and burial, Jesus emulates Hector, although unlike Hector Jesus leaves his tomb empty. Mark's minor characters, too, recall Homeric predecessors: Bartimaeus emulates Tiresias; Joseph of Arimathea, Priam; and the women at the tomb, Helen, Hecuba, and Andromache. And, entire episodes in Mark mirror Homeric episodes, including stilling the sea, walking on water, feeding the multitudes, the Triumphal E

Oddity Odyssey

A Journey Through New England's Colorful Past

Author: James Chenoweth

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059516854X

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 3077

Take a trip through New England's quirky past. Playfully masquerading as a guided tour through each of New England's six states, Oddity Odyssey is an engaging compendium of lore celebrating the region's unique landscape and history. Author James Chenoweth has gathered the most memorable stories and retells them here in his own dryly-humorous style. There's a legendary oddity at every turn. Visit the burial site of Samuel Jones' leg and ponder the mystery of where the rest of him lies. Where is the "ghost parking lot?" Find out how Sin and Flesh Brook got its name. Why was John Wickes buried headfirst? Which New Hampshire man nearly assassinated President John F. Kennedy? Where is the "bridge that love lost?" How was the clambake invented? Did an apple tree really absorb the body of Roger Williams? Why was John Childs banned from flying in Boston in 1757? Packed to the rafter with tales bizarre and unusual for travelers on the road or in an armchair.

Homer: The Odyssey

Author: Jasper Griffin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521539784

Category: Fiction

Page: 103

View: 5886

This handy guide will introduce students to a text that has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years.

Inconsistency in Roman Epic

Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan

Author: James J. O'Hara

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113946132X

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 9566

How should we react as readers and as critics when two passages in a literary work contradict one another? Classicists once assumed that all inconsistencies in ancient texts needed to be amended, explained away, or lamented. Building on recent work on both Greek and Roman authors, this book explores the possibility of interpreting inconsistencies in Roman epic. After a chapter surveying Greek background material including Homer, tragedy, Plato and the Alexandrians, five chapters argue that comparative study of the literary use of inconsistencies can shed light on major problems in Catullus' Peleus and Thetis, Lucretius' De Rerum Natura, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Lucan's Bellum Civile. Not all inconsistencies can or should be interpreted thematically, but numerous details in these poems, and some ancient and modern theorists, suggest that we can be better readers if we consider how inconsistencies may be functioning in Greek and Roman texts.