Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Olympic Wandering

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Olympic Wandering

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GENERAL NONFICTION Olympic Wandering, by David Lundberg. Zante, July 2005. $19.95

David Lundberg describes Olympic Wandering as "time travel through Greece" and uses a concatenation of stories about Ulysses to explain Greek character, both ancient and modern. Lundberg chose Ulysses to illustrate the versatility and remarkable resilience of Greek character, because even though the Trojan War stories center on Helen and Achilles, the real hero was Ulysses. His brilliant abilities as a warrior, mediator, strategizer, and persuasive speaker and, above all, his dedication to his home and to his family form, to Lundberg, the Greek character. The fourteen short chapters of part one swing back and forth from past to present to future, recounting Agamemnon's and Menelaus's recruitment of Ulysses to participate in the Trojan War, Ulysses' preparations to join the Greek forces, his excursion to Skyros to find Achilles, the war itself (which streaks by in six pages), and selected episodes describing his fabled return to Ithaca, which most readers know from Homer's Odyssey. …

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