By Jasper Griffin
This useful advisor to The Odyssey introduces scholars to a textual content which has been basic to literature for almost 3,000 years. supplying a precis of the poem and studying its constitution, Jasper Griffin truly outlines the team spirit, values and methods of the poem, in addition to the explanations for its longstanding attraction. scholars will become aware of the fundamental issues of loyalty and betrayal, and may be guided throughout the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, as well as a priceless advisor to additional studying. First version Hb (1987): 0-521-32804-7 First variation Pb (1987): 0-521-31043-1
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He tells Odysseus, in the Underworld, that He slew me with the help of my wicked wife, inviting me to his house, as one kills an ox at a stall. So I died a most pitiful death, and my men were killed round me without pause like pigs slaughtered for a feast . . there we lay, and the floor ran with our blood. 410–20) One version imagines Agamemnon’s men making a desperate fight of it, the other that they were slaughtered without resistance. Each is a possible story, the second perhaps the more powerful (the narration in Book Eleven does in fact go on to some very pathetic details).
The Suitors learn with chagrin of Telemachus’ departure, and plan to ambush and kill him at sea on his way back. Penelope also learns of it and is distressed. Book 5 The gods on Olympus again. Hermes the messenger is sent to tell Calypso to let Odysseus go. She expresses bitterness but obeys: after offering him immortality with her, an offer which is tactfully declined, she gives him tools and wood and he builds a boat. He sails for seventeen days. Poseidon spies him and wrecks his boat in a storm.
Omens portend success for him. The loyal oxherd Philoetius appears. A third Suitor, Ctesippus, throws an ox-foot at Odysseus. The Suitors are overcome with crazy laughter: the seer Theoclymenus sees them as marked out for death. Book 21 Penelope fetches the bow of Odysseus and announces the test: stringing the bow and shooting through the axes. The Suitors in turn try to string the bow but fail. Odysseus reveals his identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius. All the Suitors fail except Antinous, who postpones his turn.