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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 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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The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 388-398

Having established now the context of Telemachus‘ response to Antinous, one now considers that response itself. In short, Telemachus tells Antinous that he ought not be dismayed that Telemachus appeals to Zeus to take up his cause and then he … Continue reading

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The Odyssey: context for Book 1 lines 388-398 (to follow)

One should again remember the context of this scene. Telemachus has just announced that he is going to go in search of his father Odysseus. The suitors were dumbfounded and his mother Penelope has invited Telemachus upstairs into the women’s … 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 306-313

Here we see Telemachus‘ reply to Athena or rather to Athena/Mentes who just revealed herself/himself to be Athena. Again, Telemachus uses the (elided) formal address of ξεῖν᾽ referring to Athena/Mentes status as a guest-friend. What Telemachus answers here only really … Continue reading

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