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Book 1 77 Invocation to the Muse survey of Odysseus condition in the 10th year of his wanderings The whole of the action and most of the principal persons are introduced in the first few hundred lines D Page What is missing from the proem the opening lines How does it define Odysseus Why is Poseidon angry As you read on ask whether the action goes as the proem says it will 78-80 Council of the gods on Olympus What types of gods does Homer present How do they match your expectations Why is Zeus so concerned with Aegisthus singled out by Zeus What kind of system of morality does Zeus invoke Why is Athena so concerned with Odysseus Why is Zeus so surprised with her plea In the line ending her speech the words dead set against odusso puns on the heros name Are the concerns and behavior of the gods any different here than in the Iliad 81-86 Athena goes disguised to Ithaca to see Telemachus and persuade him to seek news of his father What is happening in Ithaca What kind of person is Telemachus How old is he What does he need Why does Athena mention Orestes to him Is her story about him complete And why start in Ithaca not with Odysseus Note the concern with hospitality which will be a key theme throughout the epic 88-9 Penelope is upset at the song of a bard who tells of the sufferings of the heroes Telemachus replies that Zeus not the bard is to blame Zeus earlier blamed humans for their sufferings As you read the rest of the epic think about whether Zeus or Telemachus is correct Book 2 93-96 T complains in the assembly of the suitors bad behavior and smashes a scepter to the ground Try to remember a similar scene of scepter-smashing in Homer and think about what point the poet might be trying to make with
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