"When I saw him, I wept and said, "How did you come so quickly to the gloomy West? You have come sooner on foot than I came with our swift ships!"(Homer 64).
"Mournfully he replied, "Odysseus, a bad fate and too much wine settle me. Lying down on the road of Circe's palace, I forgot where I was. I fell backward off the roof and broke my neck. My soul descended at once to Hades. I have a request to make. I beg of you, in the name of your wife and family, please don't forget me when you leave. "(Homer 64-67).
"Unhappy men," he said,"what brings you here? Why did you leave the light of the sun to come into this land of gloom and death? Well, let me drink blood so that I may prophesy true"(Homer 67).
"Ah, poor son, how did you come to this land of shadows, flesh and blood that you are? Are you still wandering from Troy? Haven't you yet reached Ithaca? Haven't you seen your wife Penelope?"(Homer 68).
"No, my mother," I replied, "I had to come here to consult the soul of Tiresias. I have not yet reached my native land. I've had nothing but trouble since I fol-lowed Agamemnon to Troy."(Homer 68-69).
"Glorious son of Atreus, Agamemnon, King of Men! What fate brought you to this pass? Did you go down before the blasts of Poseidon on the stormy sea? Did an enemy strike you low in some raid or battle?"(Homer 71).
"Wise Odysseus," he replied, "Poseidon did not overcome me on the seas, nor did an enemy subdue me on land. My wife Clytemnestra, in league with Aegisthus, plotted against me and slew me at a feast. I died most cruelly. My comrades were slain around me, as swine are slaughtered for a banquet"(Homer 71).
"Achilles, son of Peleus, " I replied, "most execellent of all the Greeks. I came for the advice of Tiresias to help me find my way back again to rocky Ithaca. I have not yet come anywhere near Greece. Wherever I go I find troubles. But you, Achilles, as the most blesses of all men who have ever lived and or will live"(Homer 73).
"Here is Odysseus. What are you planning now? How did you dare to come to the land of the dead, where dwell only spirits and shades?"(Homer 73).