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The Odyssey Book One The Odyssey starts off ten years after the fall of Troy. First Line of the Odyssey: o Greek: Andra moi ennepe mousa polytropon has mala polla plangthe o English: Man for me speak of muse of many turns who through so much wandered. Poseidon o He is angry at Odysseus for injuring the Cyclops who is his son. Zeus o He calls together an assembly of the gods. o He points out that the mortals constantly blame the gods for their misfortunes. o Aegisthus He killed Agamemnon and courted his wife. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, conspired in helping to kill him. Orestes, Agamemnon’s son, gets his revenge and kills Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. Athena o She intervenes and asks why Odysseus is being held on the island. o She is going to tell Telemachus to venture off to Sparta and Pylos to learn about his father’s journey home. o Calypso, the water nymph, needs to let Odysseus go.
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Unformatted text preview: • Telemachus o The first four books of the Odyssey are called the “Telemachy” o He welcomes in Athena who is disguised as Mentes, a friend of his father Odysseus, and questions her. • Laertes o He is the father of Odysseus. o He lives a life of hardship tending a vineyard by himself. • Penelope o Penelope can’t remarry nor can Telemachus be the head of the household since he is too young. o The suitors are feasting and listening to a bard sing about the war of Troy. Penelope asks him to sing a different song, but Telemachus rebukes him and asks her to leave the men alone. • Telemachus o He calls together an assembly of the suitors. This is the first time an assembly has been called since Odysseus left for Troy. o Antinous and Eurymachus, two of the suitors, speak out against him....
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