Tag Archives: Penelope

The Odyssey Book 2: lines 96-102

The speech of Antinous, the leader of the suitors, continues in these lines, as it will in the lines of the Odyssey that follow. What stands out in this passage is first that Antinous seeks to speak badly of Penelope … Continue reading

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The Odyssey Book 2: lines 85-95

Since Telemachus has just given his speech swaying the people, now Antinous chooses to address his fellow suitors instead. Before getting to the speech itself, one should realize just how this tactic wold appear to the ancient Greek audience. Especially … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 2 lines 1-24

The second book of the Odyssey begins with the coming of the next dawn. This passage gives a fascinating insight into the manner of dress and daily habits of the early ancient Greeks. Telemachus awakes and puts on his sword … Continue reading

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Final comments on Book 1 of the Odyssey

The first Book of the Odyssey begins and ends in medias res. One ought not be surprised at this fact, since although the Odyssey itself became a main source for material on the myths it discusses, the ancient Greek audience … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 412-419

At this point, Telemachus tells Eurymachus that simply his father Odyssey has been ruined and lost in trying to come home. Thus by implication Odysseus has never abandoned his duties and obligations as king of Ithaca. Then in turn Telemachus … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 399-411

One now hears from only the second suitor to be introduced by name as Telemachus is answered by Eurymachus son of Polybus. Readers of this blog will be aware that I have referred to the suitors as rebels attempting to … Continue reading

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