Odyssey Book 17

Odyssey Book 17

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  • Odysseus in Disguise
  • For a beggar it is better to beg for his food in the town than in the fields.
  • Transparent Odysseus
  • I will go back now to my upper chamber and lie down on my bed, which is made sorrowful, always disordered with the tears I have wept, ever since Odysseus went with the sons of Atreus to Troy.
  • Argos Reunites with Owner
  • This was Argos patient hearted Odysseus' dog, whom he himself raised but got no joy of him, since before that he went to sacred Ilion.
  • Odysseus speaks to his son Telemachus about what he will do now that he is home and this is an example of "the ultimate boon" as Odysseus has finally reached his home and his family which he has been trying to do all along.
  • The Time Has Come
  • Eumais, this is amazing, this dog that lies on dunghill. The shape of him is splendid, and yet I cannot be certain whether he had the runnign speed to go with his beauty, or is just one of the kind of table dog that that gentlemen keep, and is only for show that their masters care for them.
  • While roaming in the city, Odysseus sees his wife Penelope. She does not notice her husband because he is in disguise. Odysseus is hurt by this because he misses his wife after years of not seeing her.  
  • At Palace with Antinous
  • Now I think that you can no longer make a respectable retreat out of the palace, since what you said is scurrilous. 
  • Odysseus' old hunting dog is able to see that under the disguise is his master. Argos goes up to Odysseus while Eumais tells the "man in disguise" who the dog is. It takes some time but Odysseus knows exactly who this dog is. 
  • Permission to Stay 
  • You do not bring him Euriamos? What is this vagabond thinking? Does he fear some indignity, or is he otherwise bashful about the house? A bashful vagabond makes a bad beggar. 
  • Argus still stays with his owner as he knows it is his time to pass.  Not long after, his dog then whimpers and dies at Odysseus' feet. This shows the theme of apostatis because Argos has just faced a physical death.
  • Odysseus still in disguise goes to the palace where Antonius is lives and begs to sleep there for the night. After asking for a while, Antinous gets aggravated with the beggar and throws a stool at him. 
  • Penelope hears of the beggar outside, unaware that it is her husband, and wants to help him. She sends Euriamos to tell Antinous to let the beggar in and spend the night. 
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