The Odyssey - Book 5

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    • Hermes journeys to Ogygia.
      • Ogygia is an extremely distant island.
      • Ogygia is also very beautiful.
        • Hermes has to stand in awe at it, even though he is a God.
    • Odysseus is disconsolate there.
    • Calypso offers Hermes Xenia.
      • Hermes explains why he is there.
        • This angers Calypso as she feels there is a double standard between male and female Gods.
    • Calypso agrees to let Odysseus go home.
      • She won't help him on his way, she will only give him directions and provisions.
        • Odysseus thinks her kindness is a trap. Calypso dismisses this and tries to convince him to stay but Odysseus is set on going.
    • Odysseus begins to build his raft with tools Calypso gives him.
      • He leaves on the 5th day.
        • Calypso makes the breeze gentle.
    • Poseidon, on his way back from Ethiopia sees Odysseus and strikes up a storm.
    • Odysseus is knocked off his raft but he manages to climb back on.
    • Athene is recalling that even though Odysseus is a good mortal he is still kept from his family.
      • It is the fate of Odysseus to get home.
      • Zeus reminds Athene that she has the power to help Odysseus.
    • Lecouthoe gives Odysseus her veil and tells him to swim for his life.
      • Odysseus does not swim straight away.
        • He waits until the last moment.
    • Poseidon sends a wave which destroys Odysseus' raft.
      • Odysseus swims to safety and Poseidon leaves Odysseus to fulfil his fate.
        • Athene calms the winds.
    • After a few days Odysseus finally gets close to the shore, when a storm starts up again. There is no shelter to protect him.
      • Athene puts it in his mind to grab onto the rocks.
        • He is flung back out to sea.
          • He sees the mouth of a stream and the river God slows the water for him.
    • Odysseus crawls into a shelter he finds and Athene fills his eyes with sleep.
  • Odysseus is knocked off his raft but he manages to climb back on.
  • Athene is recalling that even though Odysseus is a good mortal he is still kept from his family.
    • It is the fate of Odysseus to get home.
    • Zeus reminds Athene that she has the power to help Odysseus.

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