He commends the citizen who was bold enough to call for the meeting. Encouraged, Telemachus effectively makes his case against the suitors and asks them to desist.
Then, disguised as a Taphian chieftain named Mentesshe visits Telemachus to urge him to search for news of his father. He offers her hospitality; they observe the suitors dining rowdily while the bard Phemius performs a narrative poem for them.
That night Athena, disguised as Telemachus, finds a ship and crew for the true prince. The next morning, Telemachus calls an assembly of citizens of Ithaca to discuss what should be done with the suitors.
Telemachus is scoffed by the insolent suitors, particularly by their leaders AntinousEurymachusand Leiocritus. Accompanied by Athena now disguised as Mentorhe departs for the Greek mainland and the household of Nestormost venerable of the Greek warriors at Troy, now at home in Pylos.
Telemachus also hears from Helen, who is the first to recognize him, that she pities him because Odysseus was not there for him in his childhood because he went to Troy to fight for her and also about his exploit of stealing the Palladium, or the Luck of Troy, where she was the only one to recognize him.
Menelaus, meanwhile, also praises Odysseus as an irreproachable comrade and friend, lamenting the fact that they were not only unable to return together from Troy but that Odysseus is yet to return.
Both Helen and Menelaus also say that they returned to Sparta after a long voyage by way of Egypt.
There, on the island of PharosMenelaus encountered the old sea-god Proteuswho told him that Odysseus was a captive of the nymph Calypso. The story briefly shifts to the suitors, who have only just now realized that Telemachus is gone.
Angry, they formulate a plan to ambush his ship and kill him as he sails back home. In the course of his seven years in captivity on Ogygiathe island of Calypsoshe has fallen deeply in love with him, even though he has consistently spurned her offer of immortality as her husband and still mourns for home.
Odysseus builds a raft and is given clothing, food, and drink by Calypso. When Poseidon learns that Odysseus has escaped, he wrecks the raft but, helped by a veil given by the sea nymph InoOdysseus swims ashore on Scheriethe island of the Phaeacians.
Naked and exhausted, he hides in a pile of leaves and falls asleep. He appeals to her for help. She encourages him to seek the hospitality of her parents, Arete and Alcinous or Alkinous.
Odysseus is welcomed and is not at first asked for his name, but Alcinous promises to provide him a ship to return him to his home country. He remains for several days, and is goaded into taking part in a discus throw by the taunts of Euryalusimpressing the Phaecians with his incredible athletic ability.
Afterwards, he hears the blind singer Demodocus perform two narrative poems. The first is an otherwise obscure incident of the Trojan War, the "Quarrel of Odysseus and Achilles "; the second is the amusing tale of a love affair between two Olympian gods, Ares and Aphrodite.
Finally, Odysseus asks Demodocus to return to the Trojan War theme and tell of the Trojan Horsea stratagem in which Odysseus had played a leading role. Unable to hide his emotion as he relives this episode, Odysseus at last reveals his identity. He then begins to tell the story of his return from Troy.
After a failed piratical raid on Ismaros in the land of the CiconesOdysseus and his twelve ships were driven off course by storms. Odysseus visited the lethargic Lotus-Eaters who gave his men their fruit that would have caused them to forget their homecoming had Odysseus not dragged them back to the ship by force.
Afterwards, Odysseus and his men landed on a lush, uninhabited island near the land of the Cyclopes. The men then landed on shore and entered the cave of Polyphemuswhere they found all the cheeses and meat they desired.
Odysseus devised an escape plan in which he, identifying himself as "Nobody", plied Polyphemus with wine and blinded him with a wooden stake.
When Polyphemus cried out, his neighbors left after Polyphemus claimed that "Nobody" had attacked him. Odysseus and his men finally left the cave by hiding on the underbellies of the sheep as they were let out of the cave.Homer's "The Odyssey" The Odyssey is a companion to The Iliad, a story of the Trojan War.
Both The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer. In The Odyssey, Homer relates the misadventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, that occur during the decade following the defeat of Troy.
Vengeance in The Odyssey In the Odyssey, vengeance is one of the most important themes, as it is why almost all the conflict in the story happens. First, Poseidon constantly upbraids Odysseus for blinding his son, Polyphemus, by making his journey home extremely difficult.
In both the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer portrays the lust for another man’s wife. In the Iliad, Paris abducts Helen, the wife of Menelaus.
In the Odyssey, several suitors ask for the hand of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus and Calypso promises immortality and an immortal relationship to Odysseus.
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