Quotation by Oliver Taplin

In the Iliad noble heroes move inexorably, by way of a combination of choice and of forces beyond their control, toward destruction and dissolution. We are left with mourning, honour, endurance, and pity. In the Odyssey a somewhat dubiously heroic hero wins his way through various fantastical hazards by means of trickery and ingenuity. The Odyssey is not exclusive; it has room for travel, for rustics and servants, for low life, and for dastardly villains. Its overall movement is away from war and from barbarity towards prosperity and peace, cen tred on the wife and a happy domestic scene.
Oliver Taplin, British classical scholar. "Homer," The Oxford History of the Classical World, ed. John Boardman, et al., Oxford University Press (1986).
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