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CLAS 203
Margaret Palczynski

CLAS203 Lecture 35 Notes  Return to Ithaca: o The Phaeacians escort Odysseus back to Ithaca o Offers him Xenia. Told not to speak to king but rather the queen. Thus, he asks the queen for Xenia o Symbolism in the “threshold”. o This is the moment of crossing, the passage home. The way is no longer blocked o He falls asleep once more. What is the significance of sleep?  The Telemachy (books 1-4): Three locations: Repetition of events: Odysseus on Calypso’s island The suitors plot against Telemachus over and over (murder) Debate on Olympus Odysseus has things thrown at him again and again Affairs in Ithaca His ignorant servants insult him time after time Odysseus’ false story o Characters:  Main protagonists: Telemachus (son of Odysseus), Penelope (wife of Odysseus), Eumarus (swine herd)  Minor protagonists: Eurycleia (female servant of Odysseus, recognition of Odysseus when he is back), Philoetius, Medon, Theoclymenus  Suitors: Atinous, Eurymachus, Ctessipus, Amphinomus*  Suitor supporters: Melanthius (goat herder of Odysseus, is a traitor by giving them the choice of food), Arnaeus, Melantho (female counterpart of Melanthius)  Athena’s disguises: Mentes, Mentor, Telemachus, shepherd, Iphthime (phantom of Penelope’s sister) o Telemachus was a baby when Odysseus left. Felt powerless because he
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