UPDATE: Edited my example of “unwinged words” to make it clearer.
I keep forgetting to post this.
I finished Homer’s Odyssey the other day. I enjoyed it. I have a few questions, though, on the off chance there are any bored classicists reading this:
1. People are often referred to as speaking in “winged words”. Much more rarely, words are “unwinged”, as in: “so he spoke, and the words rested with her, unwinged”. What does this idiom mean?
2. Eumaeus is often addressed in the second person, as in: “then Eumaeus, the swineherd, you spoke, saying…”. Wikipedia merely notes that this is interesting. Does anyone know why Homer does this?
It’s interesting the ways in which Odysseus differs from more modern hero-figures. He’s the Austin Powers or Zaphod Beeblebrox of ancient myth. He’s not actually bad, but he’s self-absorbed, self-pitying, brash, stubborn, prideful, an almost pathological liar, and prone to getting everyone but himself killed in satisfying his curiousity. In short, he’s a bit of a jerk, but he’s got charisma and a smooth tongue. Because of this the gods love him – or more accurately, the godesses love him; the ladies swoon over him; and men buy his story; so he wins out in the end.