The Odyssey (The Samuel Butler Prose Translation) by Homer, Samuel Butler

By Homer, Samuel Butler

The Odyssey is a classical epic poem concerning the occasions following the autumn of Troy and the top of the Trojan battle that is as a rule notion to were written on the finish of the eighth century BC. the tale facilities on Odysseus and his ten 12 months trip to arrive his domestic of Ithaca, following the Trojan battle. Odysseus's demise is thought in this lengthy absence, and his spouse Penelope and son Telemachus needs to take care of a bunch of suitors, the Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage. mostly attributed to the traditional Greek poet Homer, "The Odyssey" is a sequel to "The Iliad" and is taken into account probably the most very important works of classical antiquity. awarded right here during this version is the prose translation of Samuel Butler.

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Meanwhile the others went on getting dinner 44 of 550 The Odyssey ready about the buildings, {21} jeering at him tauntingly as they did so. ‘Telemachus,’ said one youngster, ‘means to be the death of us; I suppose he thinks he can bring friends to help him from Pylos, or again from Sparta, where he seems bent on going. ’ Another said, ‘Perhaps if Telemachus goes on board ship, he will be like his father and perish far from his friends. ’ This was how they talked. But Telemachus went down into the lofty and spacious store-room where his father’s treasure of gold and bronze lay heaped up upon the floor, and where the linen and spare clothes were kept in open chests.

Mentor,’ answered Telemachus, ‘do not let us talk about it any more. There is no chance of my father’s ever coming back; the gods have long since counselled his destruction. There is something else, however, about which I should like to ask Nestor, for he knows much more than any one else does. They say he has reigned for three generations so that it is like talking to an immortal. Tell me, therefore, Nestor, and tell me true; how did Agamemnon come to die in that way? What was Menelaus doing?

12} Telemachus’s room was high up in a tower {13} that looked on to the outer court; hither, then, he hied, 30 of 550 The Odyssey brooding and full of thought. A good old woman, Euryclea, daughter of Ops, the son of Pisenor, went before him with a couple of blazing torches. Laertes had bought her with his own money when she was quite young; he gave the worth of twenty oxen for her, and shewed as much respect to her in his household as he did to his own wedded wife, but he did not take her to his bed for he feared his wife’s resentment.

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