"The author, a pioneer in the narratological study of Homer, provides valuable insights into many aspects of Homer's narrative technique...Students reading the Odyssey for the first time and Homeric scholars alike will find much of interest here." Religious Studies Review
"Dutch scholar Jong is well known for her contributions to Homeric studies in he field of narratology. The present work ... has the virtue of being relatively free of specialized jargon and formulas, and it offers a glossary of technical terms at the beginning; the writing throughout is clear." Choice
"this book contains a great deal of information that can be utilized by students of Home, and it does provide a fresh approach to reading the Odyssey and appreciating Homer's art." - Odysseus Tsagarakis, University of Crete
Comprehensive commentaries on the Homeric texts abound, but this narratological commentary concentrates on one major aspect of the Odyssey: its narrative art. The role of narrator and narratees, methods of characterization and scenery description, and the development of the plot are discussed. The study aims to enhance our understanding of the workings of this masterpiece of European literature. All Greek is translated and all technical terms explained in a glossary. The study is directed at students and scholars of Greek literature and those working in the field of comparative literature.