The Odyssey: Book 2 lines 25-34



Book 2 of the Odyssey continues with the address to the assembly by the old warrior Aegyptius (as implied rather than explicitly stated). In essence, he has heard the news that Odysseus is alive on the island of Calypso and has called together the men of Ithaca to see what they think should be done about the news.

In ancient Greek society, especially that of the time in which the Odyssey is set, members of the community had a recognized right to debate matters that had an effect on the community as a whole. Certainly the fact that Odysseus is alive falls in this category and so Aegyptius is well within his rights. Calling this assembly is not an affront to Telemachus’ determination to go find his father but potentially supports it.

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