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The Many-Minded Man – The "Odyssey," Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Many-Minded Man: The "Odyssey," Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic

Joel P. Christensen


This book explores the content, character, and structure of the Homeric Odyssey through a modern psychological lens, focusing on how the epic both represents the workings of the human mind and provides for its audiences — both ancient and modern — a therapeutic model for coping with the exigencies of chance and fate. By reading the Odyssey as an exploration of the constitutive elements of human identity, the function of narrative in defining the self, and the interaction between the individual and their social context, the book addresses enduring questions about the poem, such as the importanc ... More

Keywords: Homeric Odyssey, chance, fate, human identity, poem, Telemachus, Odysseus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752346
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel P. Christensen, author
Brandeis University