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Professor Segal's approach to the Odyssey is stunning. His concerns range from the Odyssey's treatment of Ancient Greek values, ideas, and thoughts (xenia and kleos, among many others), of the nature and function of its own art, poetry, and of universal human themes such as home, identity, and humanity. Segal's style is lucid and riveting, and he manages to bring out the poignance of a poem long and often buried under layer after layer of dense and obscure criticism. An unreplaceable cornerstone...
Though an early work, Segal's discussion is systematic and thorough in his own manners. Many of his arguments have been well received. Notably Segal approaches Homer in an archaic framework.