• Intertextual Agōnes in Archaic Greek Epic: Penelope vs. the Catalogue of Women

    Author(s):
    Thomas J. Nelson (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    Homer, Odyssey (Homer), Intertextuality, Allusions, Penelope (Greek mythological character), Odysseus, King of Ithaca (Mythological character), Hesiod, Competition
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/tdd1-q098
    Abstract:
    Archaic Greek epic exhibits a pervasive eristic intertextuality, repeatedly positioning its heroes and itself against pre-existing traditions. Here I focus on a specific case study from the Odyssey: Homer’s agonistic relationship with the Catalogue of Women tradition. Hesiodic-style Catalogue poetry has long been recognized as an important intertext for the Nekyia of Odyssey 11, but here I explore a more sustained dialogue across the whole poem. Through an ongoing agōn that sets Odysseus’ wife against the women of the Catalogue, Homer establishes the pre-eminence of his heroine and—by extension—the supremacy of his own poem.
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