Eumaeus: Homeric Parallel
During the prolonged absence of Odysseus, the SUITORS OF PENELOPE One day Odysseus landed in Ithaca, and while he stayed at Eumaeus 1's hut. Telemachus is a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Odysseus and . (chief servant); Mentor (advisor); Phemius (musician); Eumaeus (swineherd); Philoetius (cowherd); Melanthius (goatherd); Argos (pet-dog). 'The Odyssey' is a Greek epic that is still read to this day for its exciting Odysseus and Eumaeus remained friends all through their youth and.
For she, seeing that the stranger had traveled far, was anxious to ask him questions about her husband.
The fateful bow appears On the second day of Odysseus ' arrival, Penelope decided to confront the SUITORS with the bow that was supposed to test their skill, promising that she would marry whoever among them who proved to be the handiest at stringing the bow and shooting the marks.
For these loyal servants knew nothing yet of what their master had schemed with his son, even less that he was alive and near.
Nor did they suspect that the appearance of the bow signalled the downfall of the SUITORSand not, as it seemed to them, the definitive acceptance of Odysseus ' death.
The first to make the attempt was Liodes, and when he failed he said that this bow would break the heart and be the death of many; and as it happens, truth may come out of any mouth. For this day, being the holiday of the archer god Apollowas not time, he argued, to bend bows.
Having called them out ,the king tested their loyalty, and when he was reassured of their feelings he revealed himself to them, showing his well known scar. Then, after explaining his plan and instructing them, he told them to return to the palace. This was, as the SUITORS saw it, a preposterous idea, and it was evidently wine without moderation, they said, what had caused the beggar to lose all sense of proportion, making him wish to compete with his betters.
If we could have our way, the very dogs you have bred would tear you to pieces, out there among your pigs were no one goes. However, Telemachus would not allow now any hesitations, and forcing the swineherd to choose sides, he threatened: You'll soon find that you can't obey us all. Take care I don't chase you up the fields with a shower of stones.
End of the SUITORS The SUITORSwho were more aware of the entertaining value of things than of their meaning, laughed all they could at Telemachus ' outburst, disregarding the fact that now the swineherd was not obeying them any more, but instead, doing as Telemachus had demanded, carried the bow down the hall to Odysseus.
This is how Odysseus received the bow, and stringing it without effort he shot all the marks. The SUITORSstill deluded, thought that he had killed their friend by accident, but Odysseusrevealing himself and refusing all agreement with his enemies, started shooting at the rest of them. When the battle was over, Odysseus asked his nurse Euryclia which among the fifty women-servants in the palace had been disloyal. These were ordered to clean the battlefield, removing the bodies of the slain and washing tables and chairs.
His death has never been reported.
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Eumaeus has become inured to such claims owing to their frequency during Odysseus' absence, and additionally because he had been misled previously by an impostor from Aetolia. Don't you try to gratify or soothe my heart with falsehoods.
It is not for that reason that I shall respect and entertain you, but because I fear Zeusthe patron of strangers, and pity you. God-fearing, suspicious, and scrupulous, Eumaeus delivers probably the oldest extant example of literary sarcasm when, after Odysseus offers a bargain entailing that he be thrown off a cliff should he lose, he answers: That would be virtuous of me, my friend, and good reputation would be mine among men, for present time alike and hereafter, if first I led you into my shelter, there entertained you as guest, then murdered you and ravished the dear life from you.
Then cheerfully I could go and pray to Zeus, son of Kronos. The axiom "The god will give, and the god will take away, according to his will, for he can do anything" fairly encapsulates his philosophy. During his master's long absence, Eumaeus acquires from the Taphians a servant, Mesauliuswith his own ostensibly meagre resources.
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Mesaulius serves as a waiter during Odysseus's first supper back on Ithacain Eumaeus's hut with its owner and his fellow herders. Eumaeus also welcomes Odysseus's son, Telemachuswhen he returns from his voyage to Pylos and Sparta.Troy Story: The Odyssey (2/2)
When Telemachus returns, he visits Eumaeus as soon as he gets off his boat, as Athena directed him. In Eumaeus's hut is Odysseus in disguise. Eumaeus greets Telemachus as a father, expressing his deep worry while Telemachus was gone and his relief now that is safely back.