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In Homer`s Odyssey, what does Odysseus do to the suitors when he arrives home?

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Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM via web

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In Homer`s Odyssey, what does Odysseus do to the suitors when he arrives home?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Odysseus returns home in disguise as a beggar in book XVII of Homer`s Odyssey. Although some of the suitors are polite to Odysseus, in Book XVIII Eurymachus throws a stool at him.
In Book XX, Ctesippus throws and ox-foot at Odysseus and the other suitors laugh at Odysseus when this happens. In Book XXII, Penelope brings out the old hunting bow belonging to Odysseus and there ensues a contest to string the bow and compete in marksmanship. Odysseus strings the bow, shoots an arrow through the rings, and then shoots the suitor Antinous. Next, Odysseus, with the aid of his son Telemachus and a few loyal followers, kills all the suitors. The goddess Athena helps Odysseus throughout these books.

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