Specified Books in Homer's Odyssey

Brief questions on the major instances occuring in each of the set Books. Intended as a brief overview to highlight Books that are a bit gappy.

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1. What happened in Book 11?

  • Odysseus conteplates commiting suicides because he feels so helpless after all his men have died and that he will never return to Ithaca
  • Odysseus' men plead with him to stay for ever at Circe's palace
  • Odysseus goes down to Hades Hall to here the prophesies of Teiresias, the blind Theban prophet, who warns Odysseus away from Hyperions cattle and tells him how to make peace with Poseidon and the other gods
  • Odysseus has stayed with Circe for a year and decides that since he was the only man to escape from the Laestrygonians, and that he couldn't return to Ithaca on his own, he may as well marry Circe and become immortal
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2. What happened in Book 12?

  • It was Odysseus' 40th birthday and Calypso give Odysseus the gift of immortality to mark it
  • Odysseus meets the Sirens and Scylla but he and his men fail to navigate Charybdis. Odysseus only manages to survive because he grabs a hold of the fig tree on the rock and waits for some reckage to be 'spewed' back up to float upon
  • Odysseus returns to Aeaea and gets further instructions from Circe. He then faces the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, and gies to Thrinacia and his men eat the cattle of the sun. His men are drowned as punishment and Odysseus floats to Ogygia
  • Odysseus returns to Circe after visiting the relm of the dead and remains there for another year at the insistance of his men

3. What happened in Book 13?

  • Telemachus, returning from his visit to Nestor and Menelaus, meets Odysseus and accepts him on board so that the Phaeacians don't have to go all the way to Ithaca
  • Odysseus' tale has finished and he is returned to Ithaca. Poseidon is furious and turn the returning Phaeacian ship into stone as a punishment to the Paeacians for being too generous with their xenia. Athene appears to Odysseus disguised as a shapard
  • Poseidon recks the Phaeacian ship in his fury and takes away the Phaeacians skill as 'seamen' as punishment for there xenia. Odysseus is left to drown, but manages to swim back to Phaeacia, where he is found by Eumaeus
  • Telemachus is visited by Athene and told to return to Ithaca

4. What happens in Book 5?

  • Telemachus calls an Assembly in Ithaca to try an get rid of the Suitors. Omens suggest that Telemachus is right in what he accuses the Suitors of, but Erymachus and Antinous persuade the elders that the situation is Penelope's fault
  • Hermes is sent to Calypso with a message from Zeus, telling her to release Odysseus
  • Odysseus escapes from Ogygia, but is caught by Poseidon, who takes is final revenge on Odysseus for blinding his son, and drowns his in a 'tempestuous storm'
  • Calypso manages to persuade Odysseus to marry her by promissing immortality and an ageless youth

5. What happened in Book 14?

  • Telemachus arrives at Eumaeus' hut not long after Odyseeus himself. Whilst Eumaeus tells Penelope of Telemachus' return Odyseus reveals himself to his 'noble son'
  • Eumaeus notices the scar on Odysseus' leg and realises that his master has returned
  • Odysseus goes to Eumaeus' hut disguised as a beggar. He is recieved well by Eumaeus and Odysseus test Eumaeus' loyalty towards Odysseus
  • Odysseus goes to Eumaeus' hut and tests him. Athene then calls him outside and prompts him to reveal his true identity


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