Allegories of the Odyssey (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #56) (Hardcover)

Allegories of the Odyssey (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #56) By John Tzetzes, Adam J. Goldwyn (Translator), Dimitra Kokkini (Translator) Cover Image
By John Tzetzes, Adam J. Goldwyn (Translator), Dimitra Kokkini (Translator)
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This is book number 56 in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series.


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780674238374
ISBN-10: 0674238370
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library