Athena and telemachus

  title={Athena and telemachus},
  author={Michael Murrin},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • Michael Murrin
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • History
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
The argument of this article is that, once one tries to interpret the Homeric poems, major deities like Athena will invite allegorical readings and that, in fact, Athena in theOdyssey should be seen as polyvalent. A close reading of the initial discussion between Athena and Telemachus reveals three distinct functions of the goddess, which carry over into other scenes: her psychological role as prudence, especially when one considers Telemachus and his development towards manhood; her function… Expand


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