An introduction to The Odyssey....
The ancient Greeks loved heroes, especially military heroes. They loved hear stories about these heroes, the more mythical and magical the better.
About 2700 years ago, just as Aesop collected fables, a many named Homer collected legends about one particular hero, King Odysseus. Homer wrote down all the stories he had heard about this fabulous hero. He named his collection of stories The Odyssey.
These stories were full of trickery and magic and monsters and gods and goddess and heroic action. The Greeks loved these stories. (We still love them today.)
Some of the stories are about Odysseus and his men and their adventures on their home from the Trojan War. It could have taken a month to get home, but it took Odysseus ten years. That's how much trouble he ran into on the way.
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The Old Text
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1. Notes/definitions on the 12 stages of the Hero's Journey
2. Notes on archetype and quotes that are examples of different literary elements
4. Epic similes
5. Notes on THE ODYSSEY
Info about the lotus
THE ODYSSEY NOTES
EPIC: A long, narrative poem on a great and serious subject that is centered on the actions of a heroic figure. The epic hero has a goal and typically is embarked on a long journey that involves struggles with natural and supernatural beings which test the hero’s bravery, wits, and skill in battle.
PURPOSE: The purpose of an epic poem is to entertain, teach, and inspire the listener or reader with examples of how people can strive and succeed against great odds.
1. invocation (prayer) to the Muse, goddess who presided over the arts
2. lengthy speeches
3. repetitions of passages
5. Homeric simile
After reading Part 4, complete this handout on the laptop to ensure that you can identify literary elements in an epic poem.