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Some Scholars Have Claimed That Book 24 Is a Late Addition to the Odyssey by a Later Editor and Was Never Intended by Homer to Be Part of the Epic. Using Only Homer’s Poetry as Evidence, They Wonder How Well (or Not Essay

  • Submitted by: pavijana
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 351 words

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The question whether book 24. of Odyssey has been added by a later editor and if the book 23. is the real Homeric ending has been occupying minds of scholars over centuries. Arguments supporting this theory are stating differences in style, such as metaphors used in book 24 that is unusual for earlier books of Odyssey (bat metaphor, 24.1), further stating deviation from principles, such as description of the suitors in the underworld, which deviates from the Homer's principle stating the entrance to the underworld being forbidden to the men without a proper burial. The other example is a kind of clumsiness in the storyline, unusual for Homer, such as the reason for Odysseus not revealing his identity to his father immediately upon reunion, torturing him even more after he had already suffered so much. Generally, arguments supporting this theory are also stating the book 24 being inferior in quality to the earlier books.

On the other hand, leaving the epic ending at the end of book 23, leaves us with too many loose ends: why would Odysseus reveal his identity to all his bellowed ones, apart from his father who has been suffering upon the loss of his son? Another is that the suitors' families would have been raging upon the slaughter of their sons - the resolution of which is only covered in book 24 which is appropriately resolved by gods' intervention, this time with Athena's help fulfilling commonly used 'deus ex machina' ending.

Considering all the arguments, I am not going to offer any breakthrough ideas that haven't been achieved so far by so many scholars over the centuries. In order to reconcile the critical mind, reasoning with all the facts, and a romantic soul, supporting the mystery around Homer's identity and the Unitarian theory, I am inclining to the theory that even book 24 was done by Homer. Perhaps Homer was procrastinating with his duties, as many of us do, and has added book 24 in a hurry in order to finalize his work, such as I am doing with...

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