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(Ὀδυσσεύς; Latin Ulixes)

A. Myth

O., favourite of Athena, is descended from Zeus on his father’s side (Laërtes) and Hermes on his mother’s (Anticlea). His notorious polysemy is founded in this genealogy, and his moral ambiguity not least in the figure of his grandfather, Autolycus, the detested traitor, who made the suggestion to call the boy O. because the name contains the elements of ‘hate’ or ‘wrath’ (Hom. Od. 19,409). He is the mastermind of the Greek campaig…

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Lobsien, Eckhard, “Odysseus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e828400>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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