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2888Re: [neoplatonism] Re: Odysseus in the myth of Er

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  • leslie greenhill
    Dec 1, 2009
      We have discussed Penelope weaving.  Anyone have any thoughts about the following passage from the myth of Er in the Republic?
      And it so happened that it fell to the soul of Odysseus to choose last of all.  The memory of his former sufferings had cured him of all ambition and he looked round for a long time to find the uneventful life of an ordinary man; at last he found it lying neglected by the others, and when he saw it he chose it with joy and said that had his lot fallen first he would have made the same choice. 

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      --- On Sat, 21/11/09, vaeringjar <vaeringjar@...> wrote:

      From: vaeringjar <vaeringjar@...>
      Subject: [neoplatonism] Re: Penelope Analyzed
      To: neoplatonism@yahoogroups.com
      Received: Saturday, 21 November, 2009, 5:48 AM


      --- In neoplatonism@ yahoogroups. com, John Uebersax <john.uebersax@ ...> wrote:
      > Thanks Dennis.
      > I had composed a post on Penelope but apparently didn't post it before, as I don't see it now. I'll try to reconstruct it:
      > The following are some thoughts about interpretation of the Penelope "myth" from a Jungian viewpoint.
      > Penelope: an anima figure; in a general sense playing a comparable role to Athena relative to Odysseus; hence a Wisdom (Sophia) figure.

      I think you get 4 anima figures in a Jungian interpretation of the Odyssey - Circe, Calypso, Nausicaa, and then finally Penelope. You can see the progression, from the lowest, totally devouring monster anima figure in Circe, to the more advanced Calypso but who is still holding him back from full integration, etc., for 7 years, to the fresh young Nausicaa whom he meets essentially at what can be seen as his point of rebirth, in fact when he is literally naked washed up onshore, back finally among humankind, and the of course the re-marriage, the coniunctio oppositorum as you point out, with Penelope, the fully developed stage of the anima.

      Only then can he go plant his oar - so to speak!!!

      Dennis Clark

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