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CLASSICS PRESENTS ... Speakers Series

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Watson Hall
Room: 517
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Dr. Tim Wright, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Queen’s University

The Uncanny in Odyssey 14 and 15  
Wednesday, February 28th from 3:30-5:00 pm, Watson 517

When Odysseus is disguised as a beggar and received as a guest by Eumaeus on the outskirts of his own household, he finds that his swineherd is playing his master’s domestic role in a number of respects. In fact, in this encounter, Eumaeus serves as Odysseus’ double, resembling his master to an uncanny extent. This similarity heightens the pathos produced by the fact that Odysseus has returned home but is unable to reveal himself. In general, doubling is shown to be an expressive form of Homeric repetition if we examine the poetry on its own terms.

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