Odyssey Books 1-4 Quotes

“Father of men and gods” Zeus
“Far in advance we told him ourselves… ‘Don’t murder the man… don’t court his wife'” Zeus to AthenaStory of Agamemnon, Orestes, and AegisthusContext: Aegisthus was angry with Zeus for being murdered
“‘But my heart breaks for Odysseus, that seasoned veteran cursed by fate so long—-far from his loved ones still, he suffers torments of on a wave-washed island rising at the center of the seas'” Athena about Odysseus being trapped on Calypso’s island due to Poseidon being angry about the cyclops
“‘While I myself go down to Ithaca, to rouse his son to a braver pitch, inspire his heart with courage to summon the flowing-haired Achaeans to full assembly'” Athena to ZeusTelling Telemachus to go out on an adventure to seek out his father
“‘Mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain'” TelemachusTalking about how he doesn’t feel as brave as his father and not like a hero
“The clear-eyed goddess” Athena
“‘Tend to your own tasks, the distaff and the loom, and keep the women working hard as well. As for giving orders, men will see to that, but I most of all: I hold the reins of power in this house'” Telemachus to PenelopeTelemachus will deal with the suitors and tells his mother to deal with her personal needs. Shows bravery of Telemachus; begins to show his manliness
“‘Think to pin the blame on us? You think again. It’s not the suitors here who deserve the blame, it’s your own dear mother, the matchless queen of cunning'” Antinous to TelemachusAt the council meeting in Ithaca for the first time after Odysseus left and the elders are telling the suitors to leave and they blame Penelope for making them think she was going to marry one of them
“‘So by day she’d weave at her great and growing web—by night, by the light of torches set beside her, she would unravel all she’d done. Three whole years she deceived us blind, seduced us with this scheme…'” Antinous talking to Telemachus about PenelopeSaying she was sewing and then would unravel it. Making the suitors think they had a chance.
“And to seal his prayer, farseeing Zeus sent down a sign. He launched two eagles soaring high from a mountain ridge and down they glided… above the assembly’s throbbing hum they whirled… talons slashing each other, tearing cheeks and throats they swooped away on the right through the homes and city” A sign from Zeus to show to the suitors about Odysseus knowing that Halitheres could read bird signs
“‘Who’s there to fear? I ask you. Surely not Telemachus, with all his tiresome threats… The prince’s wealth will be devoured as always, mercilessly—no reparations, ever… not while the queen drags out our hopes to wed her'” Eurymachus to the rest of the suitorsSaying that no matter the threats Telemachus doesn’t have the heart to actually hurt them
“The one who outperformed all men of his time at reading bird-signs, sounding out the opens, rose and spoke, distraught for each man there: ‘… Clearly Odysseus won’t be far from loved ones any longer—now, right now, he’s somewhere near, I tell you, breeding bloody death for all these suitors here'” Halitheres interpretting the bird signs saying that Odysseus will indeed will return home contrary to what most of the other suitors are saying
“‘Kill you by guile, they will, and carve your birthright up in pieces. No, sit tight here, guard your own things here. Don’t go roving over the barren salt sea—‘” Eurycleia to Telemachus about not going on a quest to find his fatherIn the palace after Athena appeared as Mentor and told Telemachus to search for his father
“Breaker of horses” Nestor
“Noble charioteer” Nestor
“‘Odysseus sailed them back, the flexible, wily king, veering over to Agamemnon now to shore his fortunes up. But not I” Nestor telling Telemachus the story of when he last saw Odysseus before they split up into Menelaus leaving without sacrificing and Odysseus going back to Agamemno to make sacrifices before leaving
“Red-haired king” Menelaus
“‘At first, true, she spurned the idea of such an outrage… her will was faithful still. But then… and swept her off to his own house, lover lusting for lover'” Story of Clymenestra and Aegisthus being lovers while Agamemnon was off to war – still said by Nestor
“‘Orestes home from Athens, yes, he cut him down, that cunning murderous Aegisthus, who’d killed his famous father. Vengeance done, he held a feast for the Argives, to bury his hated mother…'” Orestes murdered Aegisthus out of vengeance because he murdered his father, Agamemnon. Still said by Nestor to Telemachus
“With that the bright-eyed goddess winged away in an eagle’s form and flight. Amazement fell on all the Achaeans there” Athena was visiting the suitors and turned into an eagle and flew away, which amazed them
“Telemachus vaulted onto the splendid chariot—right beside him Pisistratus, captain of armies, boarded, seized the reins, whipped the team to a run and on the horses flew” Telemachus took off with Nestor’s son Pisistratus to Sparta in order to talk to Menelaus about Odysseus and his wherabouts
“‘But while I roamed those lands amassing a fortune, a stranger killed my brother'” Menelaus saying that while he was traveling home his brother was murdered by his wife’s lover
“‘The grief that numbs the spirit gluts us quickly—for none of all those comrades, pained as I am, do I grieve as much for one… the man who makes sleep hateful, even food, as I pore over his memory'” Menelaus begins to feel terrible about the death of his brother and Telemachus starts thinking about his father. They both began to sob
“‘But god himself, jealous of all this, no doubt, robbed that unlucky man, him and him alone, of the day of his return'” Said by MenelausZeus took away the return of Odysseus from him – blaming everything on the gods once again
“The Helen thought of something else. Into the mixing-bowl from which they drank their wine she slipped a drug, heart’s ease, dissolving anger, magic to make us all forget our pains… No one who drank it deeply, mulled in wine, could let a tear roll down his cheeks that day” Helen slipped a drug into the drinks of Telemachus and Menelaus’s drink in order to stop them from crying at the dinner
“‘That’s how Odysseus infiltrated Troy, and no one knew him at all… I alone spotted him for the man he was, kept questioning him'” Said by Helen to TelemachusHelen was the only one to recognize Odysseus at Troy during the plan of the Trojan Horse because he was disguised as a beggar.
“‘Don’t soften a thing, from pity, respect for me—tell me, clearly, all your eyes have witnessed. I beg you… tell me the truth'” Said by Telemachus to tell what exactly has happened to his father and say if anyone else has seen or heard from or of him
“‘He’s my father, they say, he gave me life. And he, if only you ambush him somehow and pin him down, will tell you the way to go, the stages of your voyage, how you can cross the swarming sea and reach home at last'” Menelaus quoting Eidothea about Proteus. About Proteus finding home after Odysseus
“Up from the shore he led the king, he ushered him in—suspecting nothing of his doom—he feasted him well then cut him down as a man cuts down some ox at the trough!” Again speaking of the story of the death of Agamemnon about how he was taken by surprise and murdered by the lover of his wife said by Proteus about Agamemnon and Aegisthus
“‘I saw him once on an island, weeping live warm tears in the nymph Calypso’s house—she holds him there by force. He has no way to voyage home to his own native land, no trim ships in read, now crew to ply the oars and send him scudding over the sea’s broad back'” Talking about how Proteus one time saw Calypso’s island and its important because Telemachus needs to know how and where to rescue his father from
“‘Oh herald, why has my child gone and left me?'” Said by Penelope to the Athena disguised as her sister in order to help her feel better so she doesn’t feel as alone

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