The Odyssey: Reading Log: Book 13: Ithaca at Last

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  • "Odysseus/ now that you have come to my bronze-floored house/ my vaulted roofs, I know that you won't be driven off your course, nothing can hold you back/ however much you've suffered, you'll sail home" (13.3-7). 
  • "Alcinous, majesty, shining among your island people/ make your libations, launch me safely on my way/ to one and all, farewell!" (13.42-44).
  • "The robes and hammered gold and a haul of other gifts....all lie packed in his polished sea-chest now" (13.11-13). 
  • "All is now made good, my heart's desire/ your convoy home, your precious, loving gifts/ and may the gods of Olympus bless them for me/ May I find an unswerving wife when I reach home/ and loved ones hale, unharmed! And you, my friends/ remaining here in your kingdom now, may you delight/ in your loyal wives and children! May the gods/ rain down all kinds of fortune on your lives/ misfortune never harbor in your homeland!" (13.45-53). 
  • Odysseus reaches Ithaca
  • "Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now?" (13.227).
  • "What are they here      violent, savage, lawless/ or friendly to strangers, god-fearing men?" (13.228-229)
  • Odysseus could not believe he was in Ithaca
  • "Surely I'll stand beside you, not forget you...I will shrivel the supple skin on your lithe limbs/ strip the russet curls from your head" (13.449-456).
  • Athena helps Odysseus wins his life back and transforms him into a beggar.
  • "Come weave a scheme so we can pay [the suitors] back/ Stand beside me, Athena!" (13.442-443). 
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