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Auerbach's musings on the Odyssey in Mimesis are relevant. One point Auerbach makes is that in classical antiquity there is nothing to interpret. The Odyssey is externalized, without depths.
Further, he points out the separation of high and low styles, pertaining to the servant women. Such treatment is only comic in their literary world.
Auerbach is a creature of the gymnasium world of turn of the century Middle Europe

Aaron Lercher

The "consolation" is for us moderns, but is false. We might be relieved not to hear more than the minimum about the violence required to restore Odysseus's patriarchal order. Then we hope, or imagine without much thought, that we've made progress since then.

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