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Homer’s Odyssey Books 21-24
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Book 21-22: The Contest of the bow and the killing of the suitors
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The Bow Odysseus received the bow as compensation for stolen sheep
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The Challenge Penelope challenges the suitors “The hand that can string this bow with greatest ease,/ that shoots an arrow clean through all twelve axes/ - he is the man I follow”
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The Contestants Telemachus’s attempt The suitors’s attempt The beggar asks permission to try and manages to string the bow in one swift move
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The Slaughter Odysseus reveals his true identity Antinoos (or Antinous not to be confused with Alcinous!) is the first suitor killed Eurymachus is hit Melanthius is mutilated for his treachery
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Unformatted text preview: • Odysseus kills all the suitors with the help of Athena - only Phemius and Medon survive • Twelve maids are killed also for their disloyalty Book 23: Penelope and Odysseus reunite The Bed • Marital bed = symbol of the bond between Penelope and Odysseus • The bed is made out of an olive tree and cannot be moved Penelope’s Cunning • Penelope decides to test the stranger • Her stratagem shows her the equal of her husband in cunning • Penelope and Odysseus reunite Book 24: Peace in Ithaca • Vendetta threatens the peace • Odysseus reunite with his father, Laertes • Odysseus, Laertes, and Telemachus take up arms • The intervention of Athena...
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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