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Deda BS: Alternative Trojan Horse theory... (36) RE: BS: Alternative Trojan Horse theory... 17 Oct 03

No, Odysseus-aka-Ulysses wandered for ten years. Well, actually he was more or less captive on Circe's island for about seven of those years, and spent three years struggling against various monsters, storms, and the vengeance of Poseidon for Odysseus' blinding of the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who was reportedly Poseidon's son. Odysseus was at Troy fighting for ten years, so he was away from Ithica, his home, for twenty years, during which his son, Telemachus grew from infancy to manhood.

I disagree about the story being boring. It hasn't remained on all required reading lists of the western world for some 2,500 plus years by being boring. It's a great story, a whole bunch of great stories, and people have been picking it all apart and finding new relevance and meaning in it for millenia now.

Rough date of Trojan war = 1183 BCE. Homer (however many people he actually was) composed but didn't write Iliad & Odyssey some 2-300 years later. For many generations they are handed down by bards, memorized and sung, strictly oral tradition (true ancient folk music, folks!). It takes another several hundred years before they are written down. There was a Harvard alumnus, I think, who recently assigned himself the task of memorizing the entire opus in the original Greek -- something that any ancient scholar would have had to do in around, say, middle school.

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