n Akroterion - Polymetic heroism in the Wanderings of Odysseus, Odyssey 9-12 (the Apologue)

Volume 63 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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In the Wanderings of Odysseus in Books 9 to 12 of the Odyssey (the Apologue), success is garnered by acts of trickery which help the hero overcome foes / surpass obstacles, while victims of tricks are depicted in helpless, supplicative, soporific, or weakened states. In tandem with this, I observe how the absence of polymetic prowess, demonstrated either through a focus on isolated bie (physical strength) or through what is otherwise represented as a certain mindlessness or foolishness, leads to failure in the interactions. The Wanderings in Odyssey 9 to 12 have the important function in the Odyssey of solidifying Odysseus’ outstanding quality as a polymetic hero, acting as a proving ground for this means of heroic achievement.

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