Middles and Prophecy in the Odyssey

In: Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic Online

In this essay I look at the uses of the middle in the Odyssey by foregrounding the prophecy about the fate of the Phaeacians in its double manifestation in the poem, its report in Book 8 and its fulfillment in Book 13. I argue that this prophecy shows that the middle in the Odyssey can be either fixed or fluctuating, depending on how we interpret the end of the relevant section.

  • 2

    Cf. Kermode 1966; Said 1975. For Homeric beginnings see Bassett 1923; van Groningen 1946; Pedrick 1992; Pucci 1998: 11–29; Satterfield 2011; Harden and Kelly 2013.

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    See also Bassett 1923; Erbse 1972: 145–148; Friedrich 1989; Marks 2008: 52–60.

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