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Acts of Eating in the Apologue (Odyssey 9–12) Between Destruction and Delay

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Odysseus' Apologue, Books 9 to 12 of the "Odyssey", is characterized by a substantial repetition of acts/scenes of eating/feasting. The following analysis serves, firstly, as a structural indication of the pervasiveness of eating acts to several episodes in Odysseus' internal narrative, observing parallels between certain episodes which have not as yet been noticed. Secondly, I illustrate how acts of eating come to connote secondary associations in the Apologue, oscillating between the danger of destruction and of delay for the Ithacan travellers. These connotations of eating ultimately respond both to Odysseus' situation in Scheria and to the threat of the suitors in Ithaca.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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