Indirect or Masked Modysseys? Establishing a Working Set of Criteria

  • Gregory N. DaughertyEmail author
Part of the The New Antiquity book series (NANT)


The Odyssey of Homer has had an enormous impact on cinema. Its receptions have appeared at almost every stage of the history of film either as costumed epic or as adaptations of themes, plots, characters or folkloric structures to modern nostoi which establish their connections to Homer by overt signals. This chapter will focus on those films which do not openly telegraph their reception even though they share many elements with their more overt versions. The modernized Odyssey—‘Modyssey’—is almost a genre unto itself. For a film to be considered truly Odyssean, it must involve at least an obstacle-filled journey of a hero toward home and family. I have observed three distinct types of films which feature an indirect reception: overt, implied and masked.


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  1. 1.Randolph-Macon CollegeAshlandUSA

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