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Phemius Suite

Thomas, Oliver

Authors

Oliver Thomas oliver.thomas@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article examines four connected aspects of Phemius’ performance in Odyssey 1. The first section examines the poet’s unusual technique in relating Phemius’ music to other, simultaneous sounds in the ‘soundscape’ of Odysseus’ hall. The second argues that the suitors’ initial dancing develops into a theme of appropriate and inappropriate nimbleness which, in particular, creates significant connections between books 1 and 22. The third section shows that the poet is suggestive but studiedly vague on the politics of Phemius’ first song which, in the final section, I interpret as a self-reflexive and open-ended ‘lesson’ in how to read epic.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Hellenic Studies
Print ISSN 0075-4269
Electronic ISSN 2041-4099
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 134
APA6 Citation Thomas, O. (2014). Phemius Suite. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134, doi:10.1017/S007542691400007X
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S007542691400007X
Keywords Homer, Odyssey, Phemius, metapoetics, reader-response
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9456980&fileId=S007542691400007X
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright Cambridge University Press

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