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Tsitsibakou-Vasalos : Orestes’ revenge for his father’s murder is evoked as a foil to Telemachus’ coming of age in the Odyssey.
Tsitsibakou-Vasalos argues that a dense net of etymological links underscores and enriches the juxtaposition of Odysseus’ return to Penelope with the murderous reception of Agamemnon by Clytaemnestra. The term μνηστή , in particular, used as an epithet for άλοχος and, as Tsitsibakou-Vasalos suggests, figuring as the second part of the name Klytaemnestra, links the two stories while encapsulating through etymologies the indeterminacies of female characters which stand at the core of the plot of the Odyssey.


Source: Narratology and interpretation : the content of narrative form in ancient literature / edited by Jonas Grethlein and Antonios Rengakos.


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Skempis and Ziogas: the narrative dynamics of (para-)etymologies of the name Arete in the Odyssey.

Not only does ‘Arete’, through the association with άράομαι and -ρητος, establish links between different segments of the text and fulfil pro and analeptic functions, but it also evokes the genre of Ehoie-poetry and so brings out the juxtaposition of genders more sharply through a play with different genres. On this argument, in which narratology intersects with gender and genre studies as well as with an etymological reading, Ehoie-poetry provides a channel for inter-gender communication and enables Odysseus to complete his nostos.
Source: Narratology and interpretation : the content of narrative form in ancient literature / edited by Jonas Grethlein and Antonios Rengakos.


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