Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 230-251

I’ve been going over the speeches of Telemachus and Athena/Mentes in the last several posts, but one ought bear in mind that we’re still in the same scene. The suitors are still settling down to their banquet as the court … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 221-229

These lines contain both Athena/Mentes‘ reply to Telemachus and her startled question about what the suitors are doing. Although this section consists of just a few lines, it encapsulates much about ancient Greek culture. In the first three lines, Athena … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 213-220

We see here Telemachus‘ astonished reply to Athena/Mentes. Suddenly he wants to get his guest somewhere they can genuinely speak privately so that he can ask lots of questions. Telemachus also tells us that his mother Penelope has never stopped … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 178-212

Now comes Athena/Mentes‘ reply, in which Telemachus learns that his father is alive and on the island of a nymph, although Calypso is not mentioned explicitly by name. The first part of the reply might seem deeply ironic because the … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 156-177

Here Telemachus leans in close to speak into the ear of Athena/Mentes so that the others (i.e., the suitors) shouldn’t hear. This entire speech, one needs to recall, is being said by Telemachus to Athena/Mentes privately as they are seeing … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 144-155

I love the sarcasm here on describing the suitors as ἀγήνορες (“manly” or “valorous”) while they one by one sit down in comfy chairs. Meanwhile, the slave-girl and young boy slave pour water to wash hands and mix the wine … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 1: lines 125-143

I’ve gotten back to reading the Odyssey after a bit of a hiatus when I needed do other things. Here we see Telemachus leading Athena/Mentes, the guest-friend, into his house. A few things are going on. We as the audience … Continue reading

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