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1 The Adventure of Odysseus

2 After Troy fell, everything changed…
Athena and Poseidon no longer blessed Greeks because they forgot what was due to gods. On their voyage home, they were all punished. (P.211)

3 Athena punished Greeks because…
Cassandra clung to Athena’s image for protection during the Trojan War. However, the Greek didn’t leave her. Cassandra got dragged away from Athena’s temple and was raped. Athena got angry. She asked Poseidon to punished these sailors. Ajax drags Cassandra from Palladium before eyes of Priam.

4 Who’s Cassandra? King Priam’s daughter.
Apollo gifted her the ability to tell fortune in order to win her heart. However, this gift was turned into a curse after Apollo was turned down by Cassandra. No one believed in Cassandra’s fortune telling.

5 Poseidon made the Greeks unable to sail home directly but wandering around:
Agamemnon came near to losing all his ships. Menelaus was blown to Egypt. Ajax was drowned. Odysseus was made to wander for 10 years.

6 In Ithaca, the island where Odysseus’ home was
Everyone thought Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, as a widow and proposed to her. These suitors just wanted Odysseus’ possessions and properties. Penelope and Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, could not stand them.

7 Penelope’s plan to not receiving any suitor’s proposal
She lied that she couldn’t marry until she finished woven a fine wrought shroud for Odysseus’ father. Penelope unwove each night what she had woven during the day.

8 Penelope and her suitors

9 After 10 years, gods forgave Odysseus…
Poseidon was the only exception. Gods were moved by Athena’s words. Zeus ordered that gods had to help Odysseus to return home. Athena arrived Ithaca and helped Telemachus to go to Menelaus’ place and gather Odysseus’ news.

10 Athena (in the form of mentor) and Telemachus

11 On the other side… Hermes carried Zeus’ command and went to Calypso, asking her to release Odysseus. Calypso loved Odysseus and shared all her fortune with him. However, Odysseus missed his family in Greek.

12 Odysseus and Colypso

13 The fifth morning after Hermes’ visit found Odysseus putting out to sea before a fair wind over quiet waters. (P.217) Seventeen days he journeyed without change of weather until Poseidon appeared and changed everything.

14 A kind goddess, Ino, pitied Odysseus
A kind goddess, Ino, pitied Odysseus. She appeared as a sea gull and informed Odysseus that he should abandon the raft and swim to shore. Ino coming to the assistance of Odysseus

15 Odysseus landed a country belonged to Phaeacians
Odysseus landed a country belonged to Phaeacians. They were kind and splendid sailers. Odysseus was saved by the King’s daught, Nausicaa. Naked Odysseus met Nausicaa

16 Odysseus was invited to the palace by Nausicaa
Odysseus was invited to the palace by Nausicaa. There, the king promised to help him home. Odysseus told his story of ten years’ wandering in the presence of all the Phaeacian chiefs.

17 Odysseus’ very first adventure after the Trojan War…
On the tenth day from their departure from Troy, they came to the land of Lotus-eaters. Those who ate the flower-food forgot their longing for home. Lotus-eaters

18 The second adventure… They met Cyclops Polyphemus

19 Odysseus and his men poke out the eye of the Cyclops’

20 Then… They arrived Country of Winds, ruled by King Aeolus. He received Odysseus and his crew hospitably and gifted Odysseus a leather sack of storm winds.

21 One of Odysseus’ crew thought it was gold in the sack and opened it.
The winds rushed out and blew them to the country of Laestrygons, a people of gigantic size and cannibals too. Laestrygons About to Eat Odysseus' Scout

22 Circe, thereby, fell in love with Odysseus.
They moved to the next island, Aeaea, the realm of Circe, a most beautiful and dangerous witch. She turned men into pigs. However, Odysseus with Hermes help didn’t get transformed. Circe, thereby, fell in love with Odysseus. Circe

23 Before they left, Circe offered Odysseus next tip to get home.
Circe listened and followed Odysseus’ commands. They lived in Aeaea happily for a year. Before they left, Circe offered Odysseus next tip to get home. Odysseus and Circe

24 Following Circe’s tip, Odysseus and his crew came to Erebus where Hades ruled with Persephone.
They filled the trench with sheep's blood in order to find the spirit of Teiresias to tell them how to get home. Teiresias foretells the Future to Odysseus.

25 Teiresias said the chief danger was that they might do injury to the oxen of the Sun.
Odysseus kept following Circe’s tip to sail home. He knew that they would pass the island of sirens. Sirens were marvelous singers whose voices would make a man forget all else. In order not to hear sirens’ singing, every men needed to stop his ears with wax.

26 However, Odysseus would like to hear their voices
However, Odysseus would like to hear their voices. He asked his crew to tie him on the mast when they passed by sirens.

27 Odysseus became the only one who heard Sirens

28 Arrived the island of the Sun, the crew ate the oxen because they were hungry.
The Oxen of the Sun

29 In the end, he came to Phaeacian.
The Sun immediately took his vengeance. A thunderbolt shattered the ship when they left, everyone drowned, except for Odysseus. In the end, he came to Phaeacian. The King helped Odysseus to return to Ithaca. Return to Ithaca

30 Telemachus first reunited with his father, Odysseus.
Reunion of Odysseus and Telemachus

31 Odysseus disguised as an old beggar among Penelope’s suitors.
Penelope didn’t recognized him. However, Odysseus’ nurse Eurycleia did when she saw the scar on his foot as she washed his feet.

32 Penelope said she would marry anyone who can shoot an arrow straight through 12 rings.
No one succeed. Penelope Weeping over the Bow of Odysseus

33 Odysseus was the last one to try. He shot at every suitor on the spot.
Protrayal of Odysseus slaying his wife's suitors

34 After the slaughter, Eurycleia woke Penelope.
The whole family finally reunited. Penelope Awakened by Eurycleia.

35 Odysseus reunited with Penelope

36 Q&A What’s your reflection toward Odysseus’ wandering story? Any part in the story attracts the most of your attention? Please describe Odysseus' character in terms of the good choices and the poor choices he made.

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