Phemius Suite

Thomas, Oliver (2014) Phemius Suite. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134 . pp. 89-102. ISSN 2041-4099

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This article examines four connected aspects of Phemius’ performance in Odyssey 1. The first section examines the poet’s unusual technique in relating Phemius’ music to other, simultaneous sounds in the ‘soundscape’ of Odysseus’ hall. The second argues that the suitors’ initial dancing develops into a theme of appropriate and inappropriate nimbleness which, in particular, creates significant connections between books 1 and 22. The third section shows that the poet is suggestive but studiedly vague on the politics of Phemius’ first song which, in the final section, I interpret as a self-reflexive and open-ended ‘lesson’ in how to read epic.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Homer, Odyssey, Phemius, metapoetics, reader-response
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Classics
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Depositing User: Thomas, Oliver
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:15

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