The Odyssey: Book 1 from line 420

Finally comes the end of Book 1 of the Odyssey. Thus Telemachus has for the moment had the last word. Also we see here that he has made a good impression, as with Euryclea, Odysseus‘ old nurse. The gods hear as well, even while the suitors go largely back to their inappropriate feasting and merry-making. In Greek society, one’s political clout rested largely on the esteem of the people of one’s community, and that kind of politics existed at all levels. Telemachus has made a good start into manhood and is firm in his resolution to go on with Athena/Mentes as his guide.

The call for Telemachus to come speak with his mother Penelope has not been forgotten but has yet to be resolved.

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