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Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry by T. Herodotus, The History of Herodotus V. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? E Unibus Pluram: Television and U. This article is about Homer’s epic poem. Greek epic poems attributed to Homer.
It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. Ithaca, and his journey home after the fall of Troy. Proci, who compete for Penelope’s hand in marriage. The Odyssey continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world. The Odyssey has a lost sequel, the Telegony, which was not written by Homer. It was usually attributed in antiquity to Cinaethon of Sparta.
Odysseus has still not returned home from the war. Odysseus’ protectress, the goddess Athena, requests to Zeus, king of the gods, to finally allow Odysseus to return home when Odysseus’ enemy, the god of the sea Poseidon, is absent from Mount Olympus. That night Athena, disguised as Telemachus, finds a ship and crew for the true prince. The next morning, Telemachus calls an assembly of citizens of Ithaca to discuss what should be done with the suitors. From there, Telemachus rides overland, accompanied by Nestor’s son Peisistratus, to Sparta, where he finds Menelaus and Helen, who are now reconciled.
Both Helen and Menelaus also say that they returned to Sparta after a long voyage by way of Egypt. The second part recounts the story of Odysseus. In the course of his seven years in captivity on Ogygia, the island of Calypso, she has fallen deeply in love with him, even though he has consistently spurned her offer of immortality as her husband and still mourns for home. Odysseus goes back in time and recounts his story to the Phaecians. After a failed piratical raid on Ismaros in the land of the Cicones, Odysseus and his twelve ships were driven off course by storms. After unsuccessfully pleading with Aeolus to help them again, they re-embarked and encountered the cannibalistic Laestrygonians.
All of Odysseus’ ships except his own entered the harbor of the Laestrygonians’ Island and were immediately destroyed. Odysseus and the Sirens, eponymous vase of the Siren Painter, ca. Returning to Circe’s island, they were advised by her on the remaining stages of the journey. They skirted the land of the Sirens, who sang an enchanting song that normally caused passing sailors to steer toward the rocks, only to hit them and sink. All of the sailors had their ears plugged up with beeswax, except for Odysseus, who was tied to the mast as he wanted to hear the song. Having listened with rapt attention to his story, the Phaeacians, who are skilled mariners, agree to help Odysseus to get home.
They deliver him at night, while he is fast asleep, to a hidden harbour on Ithaca. He finds his way to the hut of one of his own slaves, the swineherd Eumaeus. Meanwhile, Telemachus sails home from Sparta, evading an ambush set by the Suitors. He disembarks on the coast of Ithaca and makes for Eumaeus’s hut. Accompanied by Eumaeus, Odysseus returns to his own house, still pretending to be a beggar. Odysseus’s identity is discovered by the housekeeper, Eurycleia, when she recognizes an old scar as she is washing his feet. Eurycleia tries to tell Penelope about the beggar’s true identity, but Athena makes sure that Penelope cannot hear her.
Odysseus then swears Eurycleia to secrecy. The next day, at Athena’s prompting, Penelope maneuvers the Suitors into competing for her hand with an archery competition using Odysseus’ bow. The man who can string the bow and shoot it through a dozen axe heads would win. Odysseus takes part in the competition himself: he alone is strong enough to string the bow and shoot it through the dozen axe heads, making him the winner. He then throws off his rags and kills Antinous with his next arrow.
The next day he and Telemachus visit the country farm of his old father Laertes, who likewise accepts his identity only when Odysseus correctly describes the orchard that Laertes had previously given him. The citizens of Ithaca have followed Odysseus on the road, planning to avenge the killing of the Suitors, their sons. Odysseus’ name means “trouble” in Greek, referring to both the giving and receiving of trouble—as is often the case in his wanderings. Odysseus is injured by the boar and responds by killing it. Odysseus’ heroic trait is his mētis, or “cunning intelligence”. He is often described as the “Peer of Zeus in Counsel”.
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This division is convenient, but it may not be original. Many scholars believe it was developed by Alexandrian editors of the 3rd century BC. Telegony aside, the last 548 lines of the Odyssey, corresponding to Book 24, are believed by many scholars to have been added by a slightly later poet. Several passages in earlier books seem to be setting up the events of Book 24, so if it were indeed a later addition, the offending editor would seem to have changed earlier text as well. Peloponnese and in what are now called the Ionian Islands.