Tag Archives: Homer’s Odyssey

In the Middle of It

Horace first used the term in media res (“into the middle of things”) in his Ars poetica – a nifty term to describe how Homer, or any epic poet who knows what he’s doing, tells a story everyone already knows. Start in … Continue reading

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Once Again, Again

This is getting tiresome. On the night before the full moon in October, ominous in and of itself, the Republicans had another debate, trying to winnow the field. That’s the right verb. You might recall that winnowing fan that Homer … Continue reading

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Reading Homer in Manhattan

So, let’s stroll through the classics. The wiliest of men, the heroic if somewhat sneaky great warrior Odysseus, who has every symbolic great adventure that a man can have, is on his way home from that war in Troy over … Continue reading

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