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Odysseus: Metis Is His Most Important Quality

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Odysseus’ most important quality as an epic hero is his metis, a Greek word meaning artifice, stratagem, or plan. Homer even associates Odysseus as “polymetis,” or a man of “many turns.” Robert Fitzgerald, translator of the Odyssey in The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, interprets this w ....

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....aypso’s island after seven years of captivity. Homer describes this boat as not a mere primitive raft, but rather to product of a skilled, experienced builder when he compares Odysseus to a “man well-skilled in carpentry”: Showing him in that place her stand of timber the loveliest of nymphs took her way home. Now the man fell to chopping; when he paused twenty tall trees were down. He lopped the branches, split the trunks, and trimmed his puncheons true. Meanwhile Kalypso brought him ....
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