Classics 36 Final Guide

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Classics 36 Final Checklist The Odyssey Book 1 : Athena visits Telemachus in Ithaca Scene : Olympus, Calypso’s island, Ithaca Poseidon : Poseidon remains relentless towards Odysseus. At the beginning of Book 1 the god has gone to the land of the Ethiopians, while the other Olympians are assembled in the palace of Zeus. Hermes Athena/Mentes : Athena wins the permission of Zeus to help Odysseus in his return and asks to have Hermes sent to Calypso on Ogygia. She herself visits Telemachus in Ithaca, taking on the form of Mentes. In a long conversation with him she discusses his present position-his father missing and the suitor reveling in the house. She gives him two pieces of advice: to demand before the assembly people of Itchaca an end to this persecution and to seek out old comardes of his father’s and enquire after his fate. At the assembly Telemachus should tell the suitors to leave. She tells him that he must make a journey to Pylos and Sparta to ask for any news of his father. If Odyseus is dead then Telemachus should return home and figure out the marriage situation of his mother. Athena is in the disguise of Mentes, an old friend of Odysseus. Mentes is immediately given hopsitality (food and drink). Mentes is a king/leader figure among peoples to the north of Ithaca. The suitors are not paying attention the guest. First of the number of foreshadowings of the return of Odysseus. Penelope and Telemachus have no idea, at this point, if Odysseus is alive or not. Mentes comes up with solution to Telemachus’ problems. To ensure that he knows she is a god, Mentes disappears. Telemachus sees a hole in the ceiling, sees a bird that flies away. Assumes that it is a god who has come down to help him. We begin to see a change in Telemachus immediately. The palace of Odysseus had poets attached to them who sang songs/were entertainers. Leaves through the ceiling, shows that she is some kind of god. Zeus Telemachus: on Athena’s departure, Telemachus realizes that he has been speaking with a goddess, and his words to his mother and to the suitors show that from this moment on he is facing his problems in a new frame of mind. Gives the suitors notice that he will hold an assembly the next day at which they will be ordered to leave his father’s estate. Startles his mother, she obeys him. Phemius : a singer/bard in the house of Odysseus. Begins to sing a song about Troy. Penelope makes an appearance at this point. Penelope : when she hears Phemius sing of Troy. She tells him to stop, she doesn’t want to hear about Troy. This was the first time Telemachus will command his mother to return to the female quarters. Indication that what Athena had attended is working, he is now taking control of the palace. Antinous and Eurymachus
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course CLASSICS 37 taught by Professor Gallucci during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

  • Spring '09
  • Gallucci
  • Classics, The Odyssey, Hospitality, Fate, Odysseus, Telemachus, Penelope, Athena, Zeus, Poseidon, Achilles, Aeolus, Alcinous, Amphinomus, Antinous, Arete, Calypso, Circe, Charybdis, Demodocus, Elpenor, Eumaeus, Eurycleia, Eurymachus, Hermes, Laertes, Menelaus, Mentor, Nausicaa, Nestor, Philoetius, Polyphemus, Pisistratus, Scylla, Sirens, Tiresias, Book 1, Book 2, Book 5, Book 8

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