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Chris Perrin, November 22, 2017 in
Teaching the Odyssey
Do you think it justified to call The Odyssey the archetypal and original quest story? Why or why not?
By whom and when was it referred to as such?
Wouldn't Abraham have pre-dated Odysseus? Would you say the Odyssey is more widely read or known? It's certainly where we get the idea of quests isn't it? And we use that term right, an "odyssey" to refer to a long and drawn out journey to something? Has it just gotten better "press" over time because it's not connected to a religion in which moral standards are required?
Not my idea--I heard it at a CiRCE conference (A Contemplation of Home, 2016)--but "leaving home on a journey and seeking a way back again" started with Adam. So, I don't know that I'd call the Odyssey, "the" original, but I think it's archetypal. You can have more than one archetype.
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