Odysseus: The Odyssey: Chapters Of The Odyssey

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Book 1
The poet introduces Odysseus after sacking Troy. He tried to save his comrades, but they died of their own folly. She wishes Odysseus to be her husband, but he wishes to go home and see his wife. All the gods pity Odysseus, apart from Poseidon, because Odysseus blinded his son Polyphemus (as told in Book 9). After Athene has successfully argued Odysseus’ case to Zeus, Hermes is sent to tell Calypso to release Odysseus while she heads to Ithaca, Odysseus’ home. There she encourages Telemachus, Odysseus’ son, to call all the Achaeans to an assembly. Disguised as a family friend she meets Telemachus. While the suitors amuse themselves in Odysseus’ place, Telemachus and Athene talk. She also acknowledges Telemachus as Odysseus’ son. Telemachus openly admits his desire to see Odysseus return and explains that his mother Penelope is considering remarrying. Athene then urges him to call an assembly and tell the suitors to go home. She then urges him to go and see Nestor in Pylos and then Menelaus in Sparta to find out news of his father. Telemachus however firmly tells his mother to let the bard sing, and speaks boldly to the suitors.
Book 2 Telemachus summons the assembly, and on his way there Athene endows Telemachus with such grace that all onlookers
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The whole world talks of my stratagems, and my fame has reached the heavens. My home is under the clear skies of Ithaca.” Odysseus then narrates to them the events that brought him to their home: of Calypso, and then how he was taken to the island of the Cicones. There he and his companions sack the city, but lose six comrades when further fighting takes place. After a storm they look likely to reach home, but the winds drive them past Cythera. The group then come to the island of the Lotus Eaters, whose fruit make his companions forget their desire to return home. Odysseus drags all of his companions back to the ship, ties them up and sail

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