Odyssey 14

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  • Odysseus has now returned home from his journey, he is back in Ithica. Odysseus arrives and is welcomed by the noble swineherd. Eumaios welcomes Odysseus with much warmth, he says that Zeus instructs them to welcome all, so they do.
  • "Come, old sir, along to my shelter, so that you also first may be filled to contentment with food and wine"
  • Still disguised, Odysseus makes up a story of new adventures, making a character for himself along the way.
  • "I announce that my origin is from Crete; a spacious land, I am son of a rich man"
  • Odysseus claims he was fighting the trojan war, and fought for his honor as leader earning his title. 
  • "I went among the Cretans as one feared and respected."
  • Odysseus launches many ships across the ocean fighting in the trojan war.
  • "I was nine times the leader of men and went in fast faring vessels..."
  • "There they killed many of us with with the sharp bronze, and others they led away alive, to work for them in forced labor"
  • Then he says that him and his men were trapped in Egypt for 7 years, they were held captive or killed while there. This was the wrath of Zeus due to Odysseus' men killing the egyptian people.
  • Odysseus explains that he escaped by begging the king for mercy, he then left with a con man. Zeus struck their ship with a lightning bolt and only Odysseus survived. He then drifted at sea before coming to the swineherd.
  • "Zeus with thunder and lightning together crashed on our vessel, and, struck by the thunderbolt of Zeus, she spun in a circle..."
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