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Seer and the CityReligion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece$
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Margaret Foster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295001

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295001.001.0001

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Sailing to Sicily

Sailing to Sicily

Theoklymenos and Odysseus in the Odyssey

(p.51) 2 Sailing to Sicily
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

Chapter 2 addresses the partnership between Odysseus and the seer Theoklymenos in the Odyssey. I argue that the seer and the hero operate as a coherent pair within the framework of colonization and that Theoklymenos aids Odysseus-as-oikist in effecting the metaphorical refoundation of Ithaka. Theoklymenos and Odysseus reveal that the pairing of the seer and oikist is a possible and productive construct. Yet Homer’s presentation of Theoklymenos as a doublet of Odysseus also suggests the potential for competition between the seer and oikist in post-Homeric foundation tales.

Keywords:   Odyssey, Odysseus, Theoklymenos, Ithaca, Telemachos

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