with the spirit of Tiresias, a blind prophet who will tell him how Verily I could abide until bright dawn, so thou wouldest be willing to tell in the hall of these woes of thine.”. from the wretched suitors, and then make another trip to a distant See Important Quotations Explained. [601] “And after him I marked the mighty Heracles—his phantom; for he himself among the immortal gods takes his joy in the feast, and has to wife Hebe, of the fair ankles, daughter of great Zeus and of Here, of the golden sandals. I hope that whatever craftsman retained the design of that belt he never made another, and never will. These two the earth, the giver of life, covers, albeit alive, and even in the world below they have honor from Zeus. The next morning, Odysseus rouses his men for the imminent departure. But if you long to hear I cannot refuse to speak of a sadder thing than these, the fate of friends who escaped the dread ranks of the Trojans only to die later, to die on their return through an evil woman’s wiles.’. Aye, and I should win more respect and love from all men who should see me when I had returned to Ithaca.”, [361] Then again Alcinous made answer and said: “Odysseus, in no wise as we look on thee do we deem this of thee, that thou art a cheat and a dissembler, such as are many whom the dark earth breeds scattered far and wide, men that fashion lies out of what no man can even see. Most people figure he's dead. on the affairs of Ithaca and relates how she died of grief waiting He is punished for his rape of Leto, Zeus’ honoured consort, as she journeyed to Pytho through lovely Panopeus. And death will come to you far from the sea, the gentlest of deaths, taking you when you are bowed with comfortable old age, and your people prosperous about you. And I might have seen those men of the past I longed to see, Theseus and Peirithous, bright sons of the gods. Hasten to the light, with all speed: remember these things, to speak to your wife of them.”’. THE ODYSSEY BOOK 11, TRANSLATED BY A. T. MURRAY. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. dead. He was one of Odysseus' men; he died at Circe's when he fell off a roof and broke his neck while drunk. For I am not there to bear him aid beneath the rays of the sun in such strength as once was mine in wide Troy, when I slew the best of the host in defence of the Argives. His golden shoulder-belt was terrifying too, where marvellous things were wrought, bears, wild boars, lions with glittering eyes, battle and conflict, murder and mayhem. I myself, drawing my sharp sword from its sheath, sat there preventing the powerless ghosts from drawing near to the blood, till I might question Teiresias.’, ‘The first ghost to appear was that of my comrade Elpenor. But no longer had he aught of strength or might remaining such as of old was in his supple limbs. LitCharts Teacher Editions. The Odyssey | Book 11 | Summary Share. Spellbound at his words, all had fallen silent in the darkened hall. Penelope & the Suitors, Odysseus' Tale: Aeolus, Laestrygones & Circe. Still, Circe of the lovely tresses, dread goddess with a human voice, sent us a good companion to help us, a fresh wind from astern of our dark-prowed ship to fill the sail. agonized by hunger and thirst. By the gods’ dark design despite his suffering he still ruled the Cadmeans in lovely Thebes, but she descended to the house of Hades, mighty jailor, tying a fatal noose to the high ceiling, hung by her own grief, leaving endless pain for Oedipus, all that a mother’s avenging Furies can inflict. Is he honoured still among the Myrmidons, or because old age ties him hand and foot do Hellas and Phthia fail to honour him. Tell me, my lord, how she may know it is I.”, Swiftly he answered my words: “It is a simple thing to explain to you. We use cookies for social media and essential site functions. She fell in love with the god of the River Enipeus, most beautiful of Earth’s rivers, and used to wander by its lovely waters. They were fifteen feet wide, and fifty feet high at nine years old, and threatened to sound the battle-cry of savage war even against the Olympian gods. Even so, though you shall suffer, you and your friends may yet reach home when you have sailed your good ship to the island of Thrinacia, and escaped the dark blue sea, and found there the cattle and the fat flocks of Helios, he who sees and hears everything, if only you can control your own and your comrades’ greed. Odysseus explains to his men the course I myself brought him from Scyros, in my well-made hollow ship, to join the bronze-greaved ranks of the Acheans. So she spoke, and I wondered how I might embrace my dead mother’s ghost. For all his anger he might still have spoken to me, or I to him, but my heart desired to see other ghosts of those who were gone. When you sail from there, do not leave me behind, unwept, unburied, and turn away, lest I prove a source of divine anger against you. But come, tell me this, and declare it truly. If thou leavest these unharmed and heedest thy homeward way, verily ye may yet reach Ithaca, though in evil plight. But the most pitiful cry of all came from Cassandra, Priam’s daughter, whom treacherous Clytemnestra killed as she clung to me. And it is time for me to sleep, here in the palace, or with my crew by the swift ship. Was it a wasting disease, or did Artemis of the Bow attack you with her gentle arrows, and kill you? This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose. to get home. The infallible prophet, Melampus, alone, agreed to try, but the gods’ dark design snared him, and the savage herdsmen’s cruel bonds. My journey home is in your hands, and in the hands of the gods.’, So Odysseus spoke. I cannot tell if he is dead or living, and it is wrong to utter empty words.”’, ‘So we stood, exchanging words of sadness, grieving and shedding tears. The first to appear is that of Elpenor, the crewman who broke Why have you left the sunlight, to view the dead in this joyless place? A newly wedded bride she was when we left for the war, with a baby son at her breast who must be a man now and prospering. Until seeing her among the dead, Odysseus was unaware of his mother's death. Whomsoever of those that are dead and gone thou shalt suffer to draw near the blood, he will tell thee sooth; but whomsoever thou refusest, he surely will go back again.’, [150] “So saying the spirit of the prince, Teiresias, went back into the house of Hades, when he had declared his prophecies; but I remained there steadfastly until my mother came up and drank the dark blood. But she, the shameless one,  turned her back upon me, and even though I was going to the house of Hades deigned neither to draw down my eyelids with her fingers nor to close my mouth. It is difficult for those alive to find these realms, since there are great rivers and dreadful waters between us: not least Ocean that no man can cross except in a well-made ship. Then I called to my comrades and bade them flay and burn the sheep that lay there slain with the pitiless bronze, and to make prayer to the gods, to mighty Hades and dread Persephone. Then again, when we Argive leaders climbed into the Horse that Epeius made, and it fell to me to open the hatch of our well-made hiding place, or keep it closed, the other Danaan generals and counsellors kept on wiping the tears from their eyes and their limbs trembled, but he begged me endlessly to let him leap from the Horse, toying with his sword hilt and his heavy bronze spear, eager to wreak havoc on the Trojans. Odysseus’s fate—that he will return home, reclaim his wife and palace Come tell me, in truth, have you heard if my son is still alive, maybe in Orchomenus or sandy Pylos, or in Menelaus’ broad Sparta: that my noble Orestes is not yet dead?” To this I answered: “Son of Atreus, why ask this of me?