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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 365-367

In this quick portion, the suitors raise a din in response to Telemachus‘ bold declaration. Were that not enough, they presume to try to go up with him into the women’s quarters where Telemachus’ mother Penelope has sent for him. … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 345-359

N.B.: I’ve not blogged in a while but I’ve a really good excuse– a beautiful new baby daughter. Now Telemachus responds to his mother. Ostensibly, what he says is a mild rebuke of his mother Penelope, but the person who … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 337-344

This passage entails Penelope‘s rebuke of her herald Phemius who is acting as a bard to the suitors in her house. Notably, before we the audience actually see Penelope herself, we hear her words. Here as ever throughout the Odyssey, … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 325-327

The next passage returns us, the audience, to the scene in which the previous conversation took place. The definite article τοῖσι at the beginning of this passage refers to the suitors mentioned in the previous line, acting as the definite … Continue reading

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