Notes on the Odyssey

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Notes on the Odyssey

  1. 1. By: Homer The Odyssey
  2. 2. View the Video for background on Homer and “ The Odyssey”
  3. 3. Epics vs. Legends <ul><li>What is the difference between an epic and a legend? </li></ul><ul><li>Click Here to find the answer. </li></ul><ul><li>After viewing the video, discuss the differences between the two. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Oral Traditions <ul><li>Composed orally </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of earlier and shorter narrative songs and/or poems </li></ul><ul><li>“ Storytellers” would travel around from town to town and sing/recite the oral tradition </li></ul><ul><li>Written down much later than when it was actually composed </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Epic <ul><li>An epic poem is a long narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heroes. </li></ul><ul><li>Follows certain patterns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poet announces subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asks a muse to help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poet asks a question </li></ul><ul><li>Epic is the answer </li></ul>
  6. 6. Epic Hero <ul><li>Possesses human characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hero often appears larger than life </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Odyssey <ul><li>Odyssey: A long wandering marked usually by many changes of fortune </li></ul><ul><li>This story chronicles King Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca after having been fighting in the Trojan War </li></ul><ul><li>War lasted 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Took him 10 years to return home </li></ul><ul><li>Away from his homeland for 20 years </li></ul>
  8. 8. Characters <ul><li>Odysseus---Epic Hero-King of Ithaca </li></ul><ul><li>Zeus-king of the gods </li></ul><ul><li>Poseidon-god of sea and earthquakes </li></ul><ul><li>Athena-goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare </li></ul><ul><li>Telemachus-Odysseus’ son </li></ul><ul><li>Penelope-Odysseus’ wife-Queen of Ithaca </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rest of characters are listed on page 862 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Odysseus’ Route <ul><li>Watch Video </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Map on page 891 </li></ul><ul><li>Now read “The Odyssey” </li></ul><ul><li>After you read “The Odyssey” click here to </li></ul><ul><li>embark on your own odyssey. </li></ul>

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