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Book 14: The Telemachy
Book 1
Story begins 10 years after end of Trojan war
Odysseus is on the remote island of Ogygia with goddess Calypso
A mob of suitors are eating Telemachus and Penelope `out of house and home'
in the hope of marrying Penelope
With the consent of…

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Book 4
In Sparta, Menelaus & Helen are celebrating the marriages of their son &
They greet the travellers, and Helen recognises Telem.
They recount the cunning of Oddy ­ him dressing as a beggar and the Trojan
The next day, Menelaus recounts his journey home from Troy:…

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351: "It happened in Egypt" ­ story within a story
586: "do stay on" ­ Menelaus invites Telem to stay, offering him gifts (Xenia). Telem
has the confidence to turn down the offer of fine gorses.
611: "you have the right blood in your veins" ­ Menelaus recognises Telem's

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Lines 149268: Calypso finds Oddy weeping. She tells him to prepare a boat. She
offers him immortality but he refuses as he wants to go home. Oddy builds a boat, and
provisioned, sets sail.

155: "true he had to sleep with her...of necessity...against his will" ­
Homer establishes Oddy's loyalty…

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The next morning, Nausicaa and her mains are playing ball and Oddy wakes up
and encounters them
He asks for their assistance but doesn't reveal his identity
Oddy washes and Athena makes him look handsome so Naus falls in love
Naus gives Oddy direction to palace and advice on how…

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Arete recognises clothes and interrogates him. Oddy recounts journey from
Calypso's island to meeting Nausicaa. Alcinous offers Oddy Nausicaa's hand in

Lines 178: Oddy met by Athena in disguise who protects him in a thick mist. Oddy
asks the way and Athena leads, warning him not to talk to…

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Alcinous proposes a ship. There is a feast and games in honour of Oddy
Blind bard Demodocus sings of a quarrel between Oddy and Achilles at Troy ­
Oddy weeps. Feast ends, games begin
Oddy asked to participate, by he declines. Young athlete insults him. Oddy easily
win discus toss…

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Lines 421586: Gifts are brought and put in chest. Oddy has a bath. Nausicaa looks
on, which Oddy luck. Oddy requests Demodocus sings about wooden gorse. Oddy
weeps ­ Alcinous calls for an end and asks Oddy who he is.

486: "Demodocus, I admire you above all men" ­ Homer…

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Lines 105169: Oddy reaches an isolated island cloe to land of Cyclopes. The men
explore this island the next day, feasting and drinking.

106: "the cyclopes, a fierce, lawless people" ­ live in isolation from each
other. They have no assemblies or laws and live in caves. Lack of civilisation.…

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Cyclopes com to investigate he says "It's Nobody's treachery!". They assume it's Zeus
and they leave.

384: "like a man boring a ship's timber" ­ striking similie ­ an axe hisses
when a smith puts it in water ­ sizzling eyeball.
408: "It's Nobody's treachary!" ­ the trick Oddy set…


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