Brann’s book highlights important scenes and crucial moments of the narrative, while also emphasizing the striking imagery and musical effects of the language itself.
An indispensible reference on Greek religion, Burkert’s book breaks a vast subject down into comprehensible sections covering the different deities, rituals, and mythologies. For readers of The Odyssey, this book will demystify sacrificial scenes and clarify allusions to more obscure points of myth.
Clay is interested in Odysseus as the object of both divine love and hatred, and explains this paradox as rooted in his excessive intelligence. According to Clay, Athena’s anger subsides due to a realization among the gods that their relationships with mortals are reciprocal, that is they must help man in his pursuit of justice if they are to be worshipped at all.