What does Eurymachus do to to Odysseus in Book 18 of The Odyssey?
By Book 18 of the Odyssey, Odysseus has returned to Ithaca, but he has not yet made his return public. Instead, he has disguised himself as a beggar so his wife's suitors will not know his true identity. While so disguised, Eurymachus--one of the suitors--dishonors Odysseus. First, Eurymachus taunts him by making fun of his appearance and supposed character. For example, Eurymachus says (Lattimore translation, lines 353-355):
"This man comes as a gift of the gods to the house of Odysseus.
It is my thought that he can give us illumination
from his bald head, which has no hair, not even a little."
Odysseus responds by warning Eurymachus that Odysseus could return to Ithaca at any time and would put the disrespectful suitor to flight. This angers Eurymachus, who picks up a stool and throws it at Odysseus. Odysseus ducks and avoid the blow, but a stool hits a cupbearer and causes him to drop his pitcher.