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Byzantion nea hellás

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DONEGA BERNARDES, Carolina. Apollonian song of the drunken dance: Kazantzakis' tragic epic. Byzantion nea hellás [online]. 2010, n.29, pp.209-230. ISSN 0718-8471.

This article studies the question of whether Kazantzakis' Odyssey can be called an epic and whether an epic is a genre of other times and realities, and, on the other hand, supposing it can, which special features it displays as such. Beginning with the analysis of the "Prologue", which replaces the traditional invocation to the Muse by an invocation to the sun, a series of elements which show a clear continuity with the corresponding elements of the Homeric Odyssey are studied. The theme of Odysseus' identity is specially important, because it is wholly reaífirmed in the first two rhapsodies. The characterization made by the author of the modern poem highlights the conjunction in this text of the Apollonian and Dionysian elements.

Keywords : Odyssey; epic; Apollonian; Dionysian.

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