Odyssey Revision Notes- all books

These are my revison notes for all the books of the Odyssey. I apologise if there are some typing or spelling errors. The Contextual books are for the OCR exam board but I think these will be useful to anyone studying the Odyssey! Hope this helps and good luck!

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The Odyssey

Context books =4-12, 18-22
Book One

We have a council of the Gods on Mount Olympus. This is divine intervention (any
time we refer to the Gods we say this). Athene, the Goddess of War and wisdom
asks her father Zeus that Odysseus may be allowed to return…

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Eurymachus= the second worst suitor, he responds by saying Odysseus is dead.
Tells Telemachus to tell his mother to go and prepare for her marriage to a suitor
and until she's wed a suitor they won't leave his house
Telemachus asks for a ship to go and find news of…

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Athene tells Telemachus to trust the Gods, this could be seen as a weakness that he
questions the Gods in the first place

Book 4

Menelaus son and daughter are getting married. Hermione is goiing to marry
Pyrhus, the son of Achilles, and Megapenthes is going to mary Alector's daughter…

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Helen helped him because she says she was on the Greeks side at this point. The
spell that has been put on by Aprohdite had been broken , she was back to her
senses and she wanted to help her people
Helen says she regrets everything and it makes her…

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Then they need to hold him down no matter how much he struggles, he
will try transforming into every beast on the earth, water and fire. Need to
hold him fast and grip tighter
When he turns back to his normal shape realese him and ask him which
God is…

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The suitors were filled with consternation (alarming amazement) because they did
not know Telemachus had gone to Pylos. The suitors asked him many questions
about when Telemachus left, did he take young men from the town or from his
serfs and servants, and did Noemon give it Telemachus of his…

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Penelope asks her to tell her of Odysseus but the phantom won't, Penelope wakes
up and feels comforted
Meanwhile the suitors had left lying in wait forTelemachus, between Ithaca and
Samos at the rocky isle of Asteris

Book 5

Assembly of the Gods. Athene is worried about Odyessus imprisonment on…

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The Nymph Ino helps him by telling him to take off his clothes, leave the raft,
and swim for his life to the Phaeacian cost where deliverance waits for him. She
gives him a veil to wind around his waist that has divine protection to stop him
being injured or…

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Odysseus thinks about what to do; either grab her knees in supplication for help or
should he keep his distance and beg for help. Chooses the second because it is more
appropriate when he is naked
Odysseus then makes a speech to Nausicaa
Knows she is a princess by her…

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they get to a grove sacred to Athene they will part. He will wait there until he
thinks she has had enough time to get to the palace before he walks into the town
and gets directions to the palace.
She tells him to supplicate Arete who will be sitting…


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