The Odyssey: Book 2 lines 35-39

Ithaca andislands suitors are from

Ithaca andislands suitors are from

As Book 2 of the Odyssey continues, the old warrior Aegyptius of Ithaca has set the stage for Telemachus to address the assembly as the son of Odysseus. What one should bear in mind is that by the customs of the ancient Greeks, calling an assembly is the proper thing to do with events that have an effect on the whole community. Yet young Telemachus may not have been the ideal person to call the assembly because he is still young. Thus Aegyptius has essentially helped Telemachus to do things as he should. We will see again here the suitors’ flaunting of the proprieties, but here we see Telemachus introduced by the old warrior Aegyptius in a highly respectful manner.

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