Divine even if not olympian: The mobility of thetis in the iliad

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This contribution focuses on the mobility of Thetis in the Iliad, especially in connection to her divine status, by addressing issues related to formulaic language or its absence. Konstantinou discusses three instances of Thetis' mobility: first, her movement to and from the depths of the sea; second, her arrival at the beach near Troy; and third, her arrival at the house of the gods on Mount Olympus. Konstantinou's discussion primarily builds on Iliad 1, 18 and 24. All in all, the descriptions of Thetis' mobility in the Iliad are not quite different from those in use for the Olympian gods and goddesses, even though there is no formulaic way to describe the divine underwater journey from the depths of the sea to the shore. While Thetis is not an Olympian goddess but part of an earlier generation and has cosmic powers, the means of her mobility in the epic do not seem to reflect this difference in a striking way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Staying Power of Thetis
Subtitle of host publicationAllusion, Interaction, and Reception from Homer to the 21st Century
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783110678437
ISBN (Print)9783110678352
StatePublished - 26 Apr 2023

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