Olympus and Ithaca

Olympus and Ithaca
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Book 1 of The Odyssey

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  • I agree, Daughter.  It is time for Odysseus to go home.
  • Oh Great Zeus!  Father , I beg you to send Hermes to Calypso and command her to release Odysseus.
  • Oh, thank you Father!  I will go to Ithaca and encourage Odysseus's Son, Telemachus, to resist the suitors who have overstayed their welcome. 
  • Welcome to my home. Come! Rest and enjoy a good meal.
  • High on Mt. Olympus, the gods are discussing humans and the troubles they cause.  During this discussion, Odysseus's name comes up. 
  • My name is Mentes.  I am an old friend of Odysseus.  We fought together at the battle of Troy.  You must be his son.  You look just like him!
  • Athena begs Zeus to free Odysseus from Calypso's spell and send him home.  Zeus agrees that it is time, but reminds Athena the Poseidon, the god of the underworld, hates Odysseus for blinding his son the Cyclops.
  • Do not worry, Odysseus will come.  The gods just delay him.
  • It has been seventeen years since my father left for the Trojan War.  I was only a baby.  He must be dead.
  • So, Athena disguises herself as the brave warrior, Mentes, and goes to Ithaca to advise Telemachus.
  • Telemachus invites Mentes, who is actually Athena in disguise, to his home and offers him xenia, the Greek custom of welcoming strangers and providing them rest and comfort.  
  • Telemachus tells Mentes that since Odysseus did not return from the war, many greedy and arrogant men have come to Ithaca to seek his mother's hand in marriage.  He fears that his father is dead and that his mother will have to choose one of the suitors to be her husband.
  • Mentes advises Telemachus to call all Ithaca to an assembly and to demand that the suitors go home.  Then, Telemachus should take a ship and go to Pylos, and Sparta to search for news of his father.
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