Athena in the Odyssey
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Athena in the Odyssey A Powerful Female in a Man"s World by Lucy M. E. Corcoran

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Published by University College Dublin in Dublin .
Written in English


  • Homer.,
  • Athena (Greek deity) in literature.,
  • Godesses, Greek.,
  • Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism.,
  • Women in literature.

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Edition Notes

StatementLucy M. E. Corcoran.
ContributionsUniversity College Dublin. Department of Classics.
The Physical Object
Pagination151p. ;
Number of Pages151
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18445740M

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In The Odyssey, however, she is a consistent supporter of Odysseus, intervening repeatedly on behalf of the hero and his son, Telemachus. Athena often appears in disguise, most significantly as Mentor, the family friend and adviser who instructs Telemachus in his father's absence. She is also adept at changing the appearance of humans. In the action of the Odyssey, from the time Ulysses leaves Calypso's isle to the final truce in Ithaca, Athena likewise aids her favorite, both directly (after his arrival on . At a divine council on Mount Olympus, Athena pleads with her father, Zeus, to take pity on Odysseus and allow him to return home. She suggests that Zeus dispatch Hermes to liberate Odysseus from Calypso while Athena visits Ithaca to advise King Odysseus' son, Telemachus. Disguised as Mentes, an old friend of Odysseus, Athena counsels Telemachus. THE ODYSSEY TRANSLATED BY Robert Fagles. Book I Athena Inspires the Prince Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy. Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds.

Then Athena appears in the guise of a young shepherd, and tells Odysseus that he is in Ithaca, after all. Odysseus conceals his joy and tells Athena (who he doesn't recognize) that he's a fugitive from Crete, wanted for killing a man who tried to steal from him. He says that the Phaeacians took pity on him and brought him to Ithaca while he slept. At Pylos, Telemachus and Mentor (Athena in disguise) witness an impressive religious ceremony in which dozens of bulls are sacrificed to Poseidon, the god of the sea. Although Telemachus has little experience with public speaking, Mentor gives him the encouragement that he needs to approach Nestor, the city’s king, and ask him about Odysseus. Another example is Athena's plea to Zeus in the divine assembly on Olympus at the beginning of Book 5. Considering that The Odyssey is one of the earliest examples of Western literature still in existence, the level of rhetoric is quite sophisticated. Athena convincingly employs irony to . In the odyssey book 24 how does Athena end up fighting between Odysseus and the suitors families. Frightens them to run away. What are some events that we can assume based on the text will appear after the end of the poem. Odysseus will go on a journey to offer a sacrifice to Poseidon - odysseus will raid for more wealth.

The Odyssey Summary: Book 7 On his way to the palace of Alcinous, the king of the Phaeacians, Odysseus is stopped by a young girl who is Athena in disguise. She offers to guide him to the king’s house and shrouds him in a protective mist that keeps the Phaeacians, a kind but somewhat xenophobic people, from harassing him. Athena skillfully manipulates Zeus as she seeks his permission to free Odysseus from Calypso. She begins her request by agreeing with Zeus’s condemnation of Aegisthus—“Let them all die so”—before moving on to discuss the case of Odysseus. Athena does not directly state that Zeus has been less fair to Odysseus than he has to Aegisthus. The nymph Calypso has held Odysseus captive for seven years on the island Ogygia, and the goddess Athena has come before an assembly of the gods to plead for his release. Odysseus angered the sea god Poseidon, who has been hindering Odysseus's return to his home in Ithaca. Analysis As Odysseus sleeps, Athena flies to a Phaeacian city where the princess Nausicaa, daughter of the king Alcinous, lies sleeping. Disguised as a girl the princess's age, Athena scolds her for the poor condition of her clothes, and suggests that they go to the shore to wash them.