Odyssey: Book 1 Summary
Odyssey: Book 1 Summary CLCV 207
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Hannah Millirons Greek Civilization September 17, 2016 Odyssey Book 1 Odysseus had a hard time saving his men, even though he tried his best. All of the others who had fought at Troy had made it safely home again. Odysseus wanted to go back home to his wife, but the nymph Calypso was making it very difficult for this to happen. Poseidon tried his hardest to keep Odysseus from coming home. Poseidon leaves to go get sacrifices from the Ethiopians and the other gods are at Zeus’s house. Zeus starts talking about how Agamemnon’s son, Orestes, murdered Aegisthus. He mentions how the mortals don’t listen to the gods’ advice and then blame the gods when they get themselves in trouble. Then Athena says that she is worried about Odysseus because he has had so many hardships and his daughter wants to make him happy but he just wants to die. Zeus says that Odysseus is godlike and that he is a good man, but Poseidon has a grudge against him for blinding his son (the cyclops) and this is why he has tried so hard to keep Odysseus away from home. Then Zeus suggests that they should come up with a way for Odysseus to come home. Then Athena says that if the gods really do want Odysseus to return home, then they should send Hermes to tell Calypso the Odysseus can come home. Athena decides to go to Odysseus’s son so that he will put pressure on the Greeks to fight for Odysseus’s return. She goes to Odysseus’s house in Ithaca and sees that his wife has a lot of suitors waiting to see her. Telemachus approaches Athena and offers her a meal. He sat her and himself away from the suitors so that they could talk. He tells Athena that the suitors would be gone in a heartbeat if Odysseus was back. Then he asks who she is and she tells him she is Mentes, who is a family friend of Odysseus. She reassures Telemachus that Odysseus is still alive and that he will come back. Athena asks him if he is really Odysseus’s son and he says he thinks so but isn’t sure. She asks is the suitors are there for an occasion and Telemachus replies that they are there because they want to be with Penelope. Athena gets angry and says that they need to bring Odysseus back ASAP. She tells Telemachus that it is his job to get rid of the suitors and gives him instructions on how to do this. Hold an assembly and tell all of the suitors to leave and then take his ship to go inquire about his father. If he hears he is alive, he can wait another year. If he hears he is dead, he can let his mother get married and kill the rest of the suitors. Telemachus offers Mentes/Athena a keepsake and then she leaves. Phemius starts singing a song about the Trojan war and Penelope tells him to stop because it is insensitive since Odysseus could be dead. Telemachus lets him keep singing and tells his mother not to take out the fact that Odysseus hasn’t come home on Phemius. He explains how it is Zeus’s fault anyways. He says that Odysseus wasn’t the only one who didn’t come home from Troy and that she should just suck it up and listen. Penelope cries herself to sleep that night and all of the suitors fight to be able to go to bed with her. Telemachus tells them to be quiet and that all of them should leave by dawn. One of the suitors rejects this claim and says that the suitors are there to fill the position of Ithaca’s king. Another suitor asks who Telemachus’s visitor was and he says it was their family friend Mentes, even though he knows it was a goddess. All of the men leave after dark once they finish partying. Telemachus goes up to his room to go to bed and his servant Eurycleia takes care of him. He thinks about the advice from Mentes/Athena and then goes to sleep.
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