Demodocus

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Demodocus

blind bard rewarded by Odysseus. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey VIII]

Demodocus

minstrel whom Odysseus hears singing the amours of Ares and Aphrodite. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey VIII]
See: Music
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Odysseus findet Aufnahme bei den Phaaken und nimmt an zwei Abenden an einem Gastmahl teil, an dem er jeweils dem Sanger Demodokos lauscht, der--durch gottliche Eingebung der Muse [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in Od.
Thus while Demodokos, a singer of epic tales, embraces his blindness as a power that "makes the wine much more like wine," and that "amplifies the crowing of the cock at dawn," he is also painfully aware of his handicap and his humble social standing--a difficulty that drives him to compensate by making of his "silver-studded chair [.
Odysseus brings the Phaiakians up to date when he takes over from Demodokos as performer and entertains them with the newer tale of his own return" (1997, 81).
He also describes how Homer's poet Demodokos, as well as Odysseus' reaction to him, shows the merging of the poet and hero's identities in the Odyssey.
Odysseus finds similar treatment at the house of Alkinoos in Phaiakia, along with entertainment provided by a minstrel named Demodokos,
Even more interesting for our discussion is the fact, that Odysseus himself is first moved to tears upon hearing his own ordeals sung by Demodokos, the court musician, as he accompanies his narration with chords of the "clear-toned harp" (Homer 132).