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Para-Narratives in the OdysseyStories in the Frame$
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Maureen Alden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199291069.001.0001

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The Oresteia Story in the Odyssey

The Oresteia Story in the Odyssey

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(p.77) 3 The Oresteia Story in the Odyssey
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Para-Narratives in the Odyssey
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Maureen Alden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199291069.003.0003

Telemachus is encouraged to follow the example of Orestes’ return from abroad to take revenge on his mother’s suitors. (Orestes’ matricide is downplayed, so that he offers a pattern which does not compromise Telemachus’ moral standing.) Agamemnon is trapped in an ambush and murdered at a feast by a trick of his wife’s to achieve a cross-over parallel with the suitors, who are tricked (by Penelope), ambushed, and murdered at a feast. The fish-and-net simile used of the suitors’ bodies lying in the hall parodies Agamemnon’s traditional murder in the bath tangled up in a cloth. Penelope’s instructions for the care of her guest, the disguised Odysseus, parody the bath, textiles, and bed/bier which later appear in Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

Keywords:   return, Oresteia, revenge, matricide, murder, trick, bed, ambush, bath, net

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